Bullet rips into hol­i­day home

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

A SIN­GLE shot from a high pow­ered ri­fle was fired into a hol­i­day home at Sheep­yard Flat, rip­ping through walls, doors and even a bed­head.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred some­time ear­lier this month and the own­ers of the home are, un­der­stand­ably, fu­ri­ous.

Rus­sell Brown, who has owned the prop­erty for more than two decades, said the To­bacco Flat dwelling had only just been re­built.

“It’s taken us (the own­er­ship syn­di­cate) two years to re­build the hut – we are pretty p***** off, it’s done a lot of dam­age.”

Mr Brown said they as­sume a “lowlife spot­lighter” had il­le­gally been on the prop­erty and sighted a deer, tak­ing a pot shot at close range to the home.

“We as­sume there was a deer out the front and they just didn’t care that there was a house be­hind it,” Mr Brown said.

“These spot­light­ing id­iots have a four wheel drive and a ri­fle – that’s it – they have no knowl­edge or com­mon sense.”

Mr Brown him­self is a long time deer stalker, and said he had the ut­most re­spect for those that prop­erly hunted in the bush, how­ever, he is con­fi­dent the van­dals that de­stroyed his prop­erty are not in­cluded in the lat­ter.

A de­cap­i­tated deer was also found in the backyard, the fifth that has been found since the be­gin­ning of the year.

“These guys are just lowlifes,” Mr Brown said.

“But we would prob­a­bly rather it be from some­one shoot­ing at a deer than a com­pletely ran­dom and stupid act of van­dal­ism.”

It is not the first time the prop­erty has been bro­ken into, but Mr Brown has since in­stalled 24 hour sur­veil­lance, say­ing, “If it hap­pens again we will have pic­tures.”

Mans­field po­lice of­fi­cer Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Ian Gipp said while the act was ran­dom, “when there is a high pow­ered weapon in­volved, it’s al­ways a con­cern”.

“The in­ci­dent oc­curred at an un­oc­cu­pied hol­i­day home at Howqua Hills - we are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses or any­one who might have in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

Ldg Snr Con Gipp said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were on­go­ing, and any­one with in­for­ma­tion is urged to call the Mans­field po­lice sta­tion on 57752555.

HOME SHOOT­ING: A hol­i­day home at Sheep­yard Flat was al­legedly shot at ear­lier this month.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.