Ten­ants leave house filthy and in ru­ins Prop­erty trashed

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Roanne John­son roanne. john­son@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

A COU­PLE has been la­belled ‘‘ wild an­i­mals’’ af­ter des t r o y i n g a R a s m u s s e n rental house dur­ing a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence dis­pute leav­ing it aban­doned with holes i n t he walls and dirt y nap­pies, food scraps and cig­a­rettes ev­ery­where.

The 20-year-old ten­ants, who have two chil­dren, can­not be legally named as they have taken out Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Or­ders against each other.

They were in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day, made to split the cost of al­most $ 5000 in re­pairs.

Mag­is­trate Peter Smid said the af­ter­math was ab­so­lutely atro­cious and it was one of the most se­ri­ous wil­ful dam­age cases heard be­fore his court.

‘‘ I have seen the pho­tos and it looks like they just be­haved like wild an­i­mals . . . it is ab­surd be­hav­iour,’’ the mag­is­trate said.

The woman was yes­ter­day or­dered to con­trib­ute $ 728 resti­tu­tion and pay a $ 250 fine. The man, who ap­peared in court last week, was or­dered to pay $ 4002 to­wards re­pairs and a fine of $ 500.

RE/ MAX Ex­cel­lence prop­erty man­ager Crys­tal Morris told the Townsville Bul­letin that when the home was in­spected on Au­gust 2 last

DE­STROYED: The Ras­mussen rental prop­erty was left in com­plete dis­ar­ray year it was the worst dam­age she had ever seen in eight years on the job.

Ms Morris said the prop­erty had six holes in the wall s o f t he b e d r o o ms, ki t c hen, l o unge, d i ni ng room and hall­way – some 50-60cm in di­am­e­ter and right through the plas­ter- board. Fit­tings were ripped from the ceil­ing, sev­eral wardrobes were trashed and piles of lit­ter were left ev­ery­where.

‘‘ There were dirty nap­pies and cig­a­rette butts all over the floor, fes­ter­ing food scraps in plates and saucepans plus bro­ken, dam­aged

WIL­FUL DAM­AGE: One of many large holes left in walls fur­ni­ture left Morris said.

‘‘ A pile of burnt garbage and a car body was found in the back yard.

‘‘ The owner was dev­as­tated by the dam­age done and had to ini­tially cover the clean-up cost un­til in­surance paid up.

‘‘ It took ages for the home to be back to a rentable stan­dard,’’ she said.

De­fence lawyer Paul Gray gave some in­sight to the court into the cou­ple’s volatile re­la­tion­ship, caused mainly by the man’s se­ri­ous psy­chi­atric is­sues, which led to a phys­i­cal fight.

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