Tenants leave house filthy and in ruins Property trashed
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.