Spear­gun wielded

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT -

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.

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