Man's rampage on 'wrong house'
LYING on a hospital bed, a woman comes clean about her cheating.
In a drunken rage her husband goes to confront the lover at his house. No one's home, so he goes on a destructive rampage.
However, it was the wrong address and now he has to pay nearly $6000 in fines and damages.
It sounds like the opening scene of a Hollywood movie, but this happened in Rockhampton on December 20, 2011, a court heard.
The jilted husband, 29, who The Bulletin hasn't named to protect the identity of innocent parties, appeared in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court last week where he pleaded guilty to wilful damage.
The man's lawyer, Troy Krahenbring, said the man had received a call that his wife was in hospital and once he got there, he confronted her about her infidelity. She confessed.
Mr Krahenbring said the man, under the influence of alcohol and antidepressants, walked to the other man's home and yelled out to him but no one was there.
In a sudden bout of anger and revenge, Mr Krahenbring said the man damaged the house.
Police prosecutor Karen Dunham said the man broke two gates and two glass panels on the front door of the house, smashed panels on a set of french doors and smashed light fittings.
She said the man was intoxicated and was later arrested and taken to the watch-house.
He told police he thought the home belonged to his wife's lover, but he had gone to the wrong address.
Ms Dunham said the resident was seeking $4900 in restitution for building work, insurance and to replace and repair the damage.
Mr Krahenbring said after the man damaged the home he called his father to take him to the police station where he confessed what he had done.
Magistrate Barry Cosgrove recognised the man had no criminal history, and took into account he voluntarily went to the police station after he caused the damage and was under personal stress.
Mr Cosgrove fined the man $1000 without recording a conviction and ordered him to pay $4900 restitution.