Ar­gu­ment es­ca­lates to as­sault on land­lord

Daily Mercury - - COURT AND CRIME -

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.

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