Man fined for assaulting ex-neighbour

A ROW between neighbours came to a violent head, about four months after one of them had moved.

Michael John Ross pleaded guilty to a number of charges, including assault occasioning bodily harm, in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on May 9 after attacking his former neighbour who had returned to collect his mail.

The man had retrieved his mail from the house and was sitting in his car sorting through it when Ross ran up to his window yelling that he wanted to kill him.

After the man got out of the car Ross punched him three or four times in the face before putting him in a headlock and pulling him to the ground.

He then continued to kick and punch while the man was on the ground.

The man managed to get back to his feet and land a couple of punches on Ross before placing him in a headlock and yelling for someone to call the police.

Then Ross kicked the man's feet out from under him, sending him crashing to the ground, the back of his head smashing on the gutter.

Ross then jumped on his bicycle and rode away.

The man was taken to Rockhampton Hospital. He had swelling on the back of his head and several cuts on his face.

Ross was later located and found to have a small quantity of marijuana in his wallet.

He also failed to appear in court on two occasions.

Defence solicitor Shayne Studdert said there had been an ongoing issue between the two men when they were neighbours, with the man once threatening to shoot one of Ross's friends.

Mr Studdert said the man had also once entered Ross's house and left a racist note on his kitchen table.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy fined Ross a total of $1800 and warned him of a jail term for a similar offence.



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