A Titahi Bay man took neighbourhood wars to a new level after a row led to him brandishing a speargun.
Kevin Carl Lewis Lyttle, 40, appeared in Porirua District Court last Tuesday facing charges of possessing an offensive weapon and fighting in a public place on March 16.
Police said the incident between Lyttle and his neighbour started after they heard their dogs fighting in the street.
While separating the two animals, a fight broke out between the men and Lyttle went to his house to grab his speargun and allegedly threatened his neighbour.
Judge Jan Kelly said violence was never the answer.
‘‘A speargun could have killed someone,’’ she said.
‘‘These things can get out of control and before you know it someone is seriously killed.’’
Both men were injured during the fight.
Lyttle had explained to police that the only reason he got his speargun was because his neighbour threatened to shoot him.
Lyttle was convicted and sentenced to 80 hours’ community work for possession of an offensive weapon. He was convicted and discharged for fighting in public.