David Simpson is proving a handful for neighbours and the Richmond Valley Council with complaints about his whip-cracking exploits.
David Simpson is proving a handful for neighbours and the Richmond Valley Council with complaints about his whip-cracking exploits. Doug Eaton

Evans resident whipping up strife

AN Evans Head resident who tests his home-made whips to the point of distraction has said his restless neighbours are plotting against him.

And in recent media reports the 78-year-old pensioner, David Simpson, has come out fighting for his right to a fair crack of the whip.

But neighbour Ben Redman told The Northern Star there was more to the situation, and that his aging kelpie-cross-rottweiler dog is at the centre of the conflict.

Every time a whip is cracked Cody, 12, barks to the point of distress.

“She's a docile old dog but she gets riled up by the whip and goes off her head. My children can't play with the dog when she's like that,” he said.

“I've videotaped him cracking his whip at 10.30pm,” Mr Redman said. “I've heard him crack it at 1.30am and after each whip he makes a little barking noise to get the dog fired up.”

Mr Redman said Mr Simpson also rattled his tin mailbox door loudly, three or four times, every time he checked his mail ,and peered over his shoulder to see if Cody had responded. “The other day he threw a piece of timber on the ground. He does it to stir up the dog,” he said.

Mr Redman said Cody had lunged at the fence around his yard so often the small bones in his paws had broken.

Mr Simpson rejected Mr Redman's claims as 'a lot of hooey', saying his neighbours would never have had problems had they spoken to him before complaining to Richmond Valley Council.

Mr Simpson agreed Cody barked a lot and the dog barked at noises he made, but said he never tried to goad her.

In the incident where he 'threw a piece of timber on the ground', Mr Simpson said he accidentally dropped the timber while in his garage.

As for all the fuss, Mr Simpson said he was now getting more orders for his whips than ever.

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