Attack on neighbour proves costly

A DISPUTE between neighbours that escalated into violent confrontation has put a Grafton man on a 12-month good behaviour bond and cost him more than $3000 in compensation, fines and court costs.

Anthony Joseph Spiteri, 19, pleaded guilty to charges of affray and destroying property when he fronted Grafton Local Court on Monday.

Spiteri and another man, along with his young brother, attacked the home of a South Grafton man on February 18 in retaliation for an attack on the young person earlier in the day.

The trio waited outside the man’s home armed with iron bars and bricks and called out obscene insults and threats to the man.

During the attack they smashed eight pane glass windows in the house.

The terrified occupant of the house, who did not have a phone, called out to neighbours for assistance.

When police arrived they interviewed the victim, who identified Spiteri as one of his attackers when he walked past during the conversation with police.

The other two, a man and a juvenile, where also arrested and charged at the same time as Spiteri.



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