Neighbours violent attack

PAUL JUDD was whacked with a lump of timber then grabbed and thrown on to the road by an angry neighbour.

The neighbourhood dispute erupted because of Mr Judd’s alleged inconsiderate manner of driving along a gravel country road and incidents of alleged harassment, the Kyogle Local Court was told.

Neighbour Robert Nicholson, 56, of Levers Road, readily admitted his guilt in assaulting Mr Judd, 45, and causing him bodily harm outside the Kyogle Council works shed on November 17 last year. But he emphatically denied recklessly damaging Mr Judd’s black Nissan Navara 4WD.

“I picked him up and threw him to the ground. He was grabbing me around the waist and I continued to punch him,” Nicholson said.

he self-funded retiree admitted hitting his neighbour at least three or four times with the timber and that after he threw Mr Judd on to the road had punched him about a dozen times in the head and ribs, saying ‘Mr Judd was winded by this stage’.

Nicholson said he had never done anything like this before, but claimed Mr Judd had previously hit him in the face and ‘for three years he has continually harassed me’.

“I’d had enough of him. I was ext-remely angry with Mr Judd,” he said.

Nicholson said he previously told Kyogle police about incidents involving Mr Judd.

After consideration of all evidence, including photos of dents and scratches to Mr Judd’s black 4WD and its broken aerial, Magistrate Michael Dakin found Nicholson to be guilty of the offence, with the damage occurring during the fight.

“It was a violent attack on Mr Judd,” Mr Dakin said.

“The damage is consistent with the use of a weapon with the vehicle in close proximity.

“He (Nicholson) said he was notin control of his emotional state.

“It could be the action of an aggravated man who armed himself with a piece of timber.

“Mr Nicholson is the aggressor who sought Mr Judd out (because) he had a score to settle.”

In a plea for leniency for her client, defence lawyer Monique Hannigan said Nicholson assaulted Mr Judd after years of provocation.

“The question must be asked why a gentle, patient man would act in such a way,” she said.

“He saw the victim and snapped. And 25 referees are indicative of the regard he (Nicholson) is held. He did the wrong thing by taking the law into his own hands.

“He was a model citizen who was driven to distraction and he apologies to the court and police for wasting their time.”

The Magistrate convicted Nicholson and placed him on a two-year good behaviour bond.

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