Business owner's bizarre assault while ‘looking for echidna’
The Logan owner of a popular yard maintenance business has pleaded guilty to a bizarre trespass and assault in his neighbourhood, which he claimed stemmed from his hunt for an elusive echidna.
Cornubia man Terry Lawrence Lee, 37, owner of Aspire Yard Maintenance, told Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Friday he had an "issue" with alcohol which partially led to the offending.The court heard the assault and trespass occurred January 9 this year in the vicinity of a property Lee was working on.
"The incident unfolded when you went on to a property neighbouring the victim of the common assault," Magistrate Clare Kelly told the court.
"The gentleman clearly became concerned about your intentions on that property and followed you in his car when you left.
"(When confronted), you reached into the car, grabbed him by the shirt and struck him in the face.
"Luckily, there was no lasting injury."
The court heard that when quizzed by police about why he trespassed on the property adjoining the victim's, Lee told them he was "looking at an echidna".
Mr Lee told the court he was "seeking help" for his alcohol problem.
He was fined $500.
No convictions were recorded.
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Originally published as Gardener's bizarre trespass, assault while 'looking for echidna'