Woman egged neighbour's house
THERE were better ways to solve a neighbourhood dispute than by egging houses, Gympie Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told a 44-year-old woman on wilful damage charges yesterday.
Police questioned Debbie Gail Gardner at her Pine Street home on November 15 after a complaint was made.
At first Gardner denied egging the house but after a visit to the complainants’ home to see what the complaint was about (broken eggs on the front steps, the back landing and security screens) the police returned to Gardner and she admitted doing it.
Defence solicitor Chris Anderson told the court the matter was the result of a neighbourhood dispute that had escalated to the point where mediation would be required.
“It would be lovely to allow court to step in and solve the problem,” he said, telling the court the offence was committed out of frustration.
“My client’s history suggests she is not a violent person,” he said, although conceding that Gardner had been held in contempt of court in 1994.
Gardner was placed on a good behaviour bond for four months.