‘Vig­i­lante’ ac­tions not ap­pro­pri­ate

The Morning Bulletin - - ON THE RECORD -

A MAN with a seven-page crim­i­nal history of pub­lic nui­sance could not un­der­stand how his ac­tions of bang­ing on a neigh­bour’s door and call­ing him out for a fight were wrong.

An­thony Paul El­liott, 39, pleaded guilty in the Rock­hamp­ton Mag­is­trates Court on Wed­nes­day to one charge of pub­lic nui­sance.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Shayne Stud­dert said po­lice went to a Smitwick St, Nor­man Gar­dens, res­i­dence for a dis­tur­bance where the oc­cu­pier told them El­liott had yelled abuse at him and yelled out for him to fight.

El­liott told the court the oc­cu­pier had been down to his house four times and smashed his door.

“I thought I would do the same thing to his place,” he said.

“The way you deal with things is not ap­pro­pri­ate,” Mag­is­trate Mark Mor­row told El­liott. “Your history is lit­tered with that sort of trou­ble.”

Mr Mor­row sen­tenced El­liott to a two-month prison term, wholly sus­pended, op­er­a­tional for 12 months.

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