Man to face stalking charge after neighbour claims he harassed her for years, at one point allegedly leaving uncapped syringes at the front gate.
Man to face stalking charge after neighbour claims he harassed her for years, at one point allegedly leaving uncapped syringes at the front gate.

Man accused of 'tormenting family for seven years'

A single noise complaint to the Brisbane City Council sparked a seven-year-long neighbourhood dispute that left one woman fearing for her life, according to police.

Police allege that Geebung man Paul Francis Oliver repeatedly harassed his female neighbour since she complained about his dogs barking in early 2013, allegedly leaving uncapped syringes in her yard, throwing rocks at her home and subjecting her to porn.

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Mr Oliver appeared in Sandgate Magistrates Court on September 17 and told Magistrate Jennifer Batts he would represent himself in his next hearing on December 9, where he will contest a charge of common assault and have his charge of stalking mentioned.

Police were told Mr Oliver began to retaliate for the complaint by allegedly blowing a very loud horn, "similar to a truck horn", whenever he would drive past his neighbour's home.

According to court documents, this allegedly escalated to Mr Oliver "verbally abusing the victim's children, playing loud music directed towards the victim's home and watching porn on a TV clearly visible from the backyard".

By 2014, Mr Oliver had allegedly begun to throw rocks at his neighbour's shed, fence, roof and yard and the victim told police she repeatedly saw Mr Oliver running up his stairs after she'd heard the sound of yet another rock crashing down.

Francis Paul Oliver faces a charge of stalking and common assault.
Francis Paul Oliver faces a charge of stalking and common assault.

"She is constantly living in fear of rocks falling from the sky," the police prosecutor said.

"They bounce off the roof, onto the yard where the children are playing."

Police allege that during a child's birthday party in 2017 Mr Oliver dumped several uncapped syringes at the woman's front gate, then ran his whipper snipper up and down the Colorbond fencing, "making as much noise as possible", for close to three hours.

The victim claims Mr Oliver continued to throw rocks at her home, prompting a police search at Mr Oliver's home in late 2019, where they allegedly found two sharps containers in his wardrobe and a bucket of concrete rocks in his kitchen.

Police also spoke to an ex-partner of Mr Oliver, who alleged she located a slingshot in his home around the same time period.

Mr Oliver pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Originally published as 'Living in fear': Geebung man torments family for seven years



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