Neighbourly dispute, damaged fence ends in court

A NEIGHBOURLY dispute over a fence turned sour in Rockhampton Magistrates Court last week as a woman pleaded guilty to two charges of wilful damage.

Debra Merle Thistlethwaite, 60, took action against a neighbour's bamboo and weed netting fence structure on two separate days in October and November.

Defence lawyer Brian McGowran told the court the fence was a makeshift structure.

"It was one of those bamboo wired-up jobs with a large stack of weed matting stapled all over it," he said.

Police prosecutor Clancy Fox told the court on Thursday Thistlethwaite ripped the bamboo netting by pulling it off the fence on October 15 and damaged the fence again on November 28 when she broke the bamboo following a "small verbal exchange".

"There are better ways to handle disputes and you chose the wrong way," Magistrate Cameron Press said.

Thistlethwaite told Mr Press she had arranged for a new fence to be built on her own property.

She was fined $650 and ordered to pay $40 restitution.

No convictions were recorded.



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