Bogan builder given a cell for his new home
Years of hell in riverside street slammed by judge
A “BOGAN’’ builder will spend five months behind bars for stalking his neighbour over almost three years, forcing her family to sell their riverside home.
Brisbane District Court Judge Ian Dearden yesterday sentenced Steven Tarasiuk, 49, to 15 months in jail, suspended after five months, for stalking solicitor and town planner Arna Duetz.
On Thursday, a jury found Tarasiuk guilty of stalking Mrs Duetz, but not guilty of stalking his other former Ivy St, Indooroopilly neighbour, Qantas pilot David Coates.
Judge Dearden said Tarasiuk’s “serious” stalking caused Mrs Duetz prolonged emotional and mental suffering over two and a half years.
Judge Dearden said Tarasiuk, who bought a large block of land off Mrs Duetz in 2012 for $1.7 million, was determined to build “a large, impressive and imposing house’’.
Tarasiuk had been driven to build his house, occupying most of the block, regardless of how the effect of the building and his conduct had on his neighbours, the judge said. His conduct towards Mrs Duetz exemplified “an extraordinary narcissistic approach to success at any cost’’, even if it involved driving away his neighbours. “Sadly, for Mrs Duetz, she quite clearly became your target,” Judge Dearden said. Mrs Duetz felt like a prisoner, unable to live in the house she and her family felt was their dream home, where they had planned to live for many years. Judge Dearden said Tarasiuk had shown no remorse. He said he could have made peace with his neighbour, who made legitimate complaints and inquiries to Brisbane City Council. Instead, he conducted himself in a way reflected in the stalking, “right through to the very bitter end”. While Mr and Mrs Duetz were trying to sell their house, Tarasiuk hung a sign on his front fence, saying “As Seen on ACA 9”, referring to a TV show about the dispute. He found Tarasiuk was present when the words “Wankers Nabers” was written on his side of the Duetz’s boundary wall. “His course of conduct was deliberate, calculating and persistent,” Crown prosecutor Ron Swanwick said. Mrs Duetz told the court when she went into her yard, Tarasiuk would cough to get her attention and then say “bitch”. It also was claimed Tarasiuk called Mrs Duetz an “ugly f … ing dog bitch”. Judge Dearden yesterday imposed a 10-year restraining order, barring Tarasiuk from any contact with Mrs Duetz and her family and David Coates and his family.
NO GOOD NEIGHBOUR: Steven Tarasiuk outside court; (inset) Arna Duetz