Argument escalates to assault on landlord
A DISPUTE between a landlord and his tenant escalated into shoving and eventually a charge of serious assault.
Peter James Cameron was forced to front Mackay Magistrates Court after the events of October 23.
The Midge Point man, 48, who had no prior criminal record, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to serious assault of a person aged over 60.
Prosecutor Sheena Hayes told the court Cameron had been living in his 60-year-old victim’s granny flat, undertaking odd jobs in lieu of rent.
Ms Hayes said Cameron arranged for a shipping container to be dropped off at the property, sparking a dispute.
“The victim has approached the defendant and has engaged in a conversation. The conversation has quickly escalated into a heated verbal argument,” she said.
“During the argument, the defendant has approached the victim and bumped his chest against him two to three times.
“The defendant has then pushed the victim with his left hand and at the same time stepped on the victim’s right foot. This has caused pain to the victim’s ankle, which was recently broken.”
Ms Hayes said the victim “didn’t suffer any injuries” and later in the day he approached Proserpine police with a “(audio) recording of the incident”, captured by his wife.
In an interview with police, Cameron told officers he’d “just seen red”, but didn’t think he harmed the victim.
Defence solicitor Peter Clark compared the incident in question to “two bulls” butting heads and said Cameron had been “prompted to some extent” by the victim, while carrying items in his hands.
Mr Clark said his client had a long work history in mining, but a “horrific” traffic accident in 2009 ended that work.
Magistrate Mark Nolan placed Cameron on probation for 12 months over the “serious incident”, and ordered $500 compensation.
No conviction was recorded.