Man faces court over lawnmower

A DISAGREEMENT about a lawnmower led to an assault that left a 45-year-old man bruised and battered, the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard last week.

Gavin George Summers faced court charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, common assault and break and enter.

The alleged victim Philip Steven Rhodes gave evidence during committal proceedings in the court.

The court heard Summers was dating Mr Rhodes’s sister at the time of the assault and the two men had argued about the ownership of a lawnmower.

Mr Rhodes said Summers turned up at his Scarness unit on August 10, 2008 and dragged him down the front steps.

He said he ran back up the stairs and inside his unit, where he locked and chained his front door.

“I was laying on the bed when he broke the door down, came in with a stick and started bashing into me,” Mr Rhodes said.

“I put my legs up, trying to protect my face.”

Prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris tendered photographs showing the injuries to Mr Rhodes’s legs.

Neighbour Amos Bosel told the court he heard a disagreement in which Mr Rhodes called Summers a “nigger.”

He said he saw both men fall down the stairs and then Summers slapped Mr Rhodes on the face several times.

Mr Bosel said he later heard a loud bang as the door was kicked in.

Summers, 44, now lives at Caboolture and is still in a relationship with Mr Rhodes’s sister.

He did not enter a plea to any of the charges.

Magistrate Barrie Barrett committed Summers to stand trial in the Hervey Bay District Court at a date to be set.

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