Angry, drunk wake-up call

A MAN who smashed his neighbour’s windows because of a dispute over a dog has been ordered to perform 100 hours unpaid community service.

Michael John Ross, 37, appeared in the Maryborough District Court where he pleaded guilty to wilful damage and breaking and entering.

The court heard Ross went to his neighbour’s Granville home at 11.45pm on June 5, smashed two windows then kicked open the door of a business premises attached to the house.

He then trashed the office, knocking computer and electrical equipment to the floor.

The court heard the neighbour had made a complaint to the council about Ross’s dog.

Defence barrister Jim Fairlie said the dog was placid and well restrained but the neighbours accused the animal of attacking them and their child. Ross went to sort out the problem earlier in the day but had no luck, Mr Fairlie said.

“He then went to the pub and got drunk and decided to go back to wake them up – of course he did a bit more than that,” Mr Fairlie said.

Ross was described by Mr Fairlie as “the salt of the earth” and a family man with stable employment.

“This was a one-off,” Mr Fairlie said.

Judge Julie Ryrie ordered Ross complete 100 hours community service over the next 12 months. A conviction was not recorded.



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