Stitched up after fit of temper

IT WAS not such a jolly day for Gavin Jolley when the Lismore caravan park resident, in a fit of bad temper, punched his fist through his neighbour’s caravan window following an argument.

Jolley, 48, had to get 12 stitches to a nasty gash in his arm. In a letter to the magistrate, Jolley wrote: “I can only blame myself.” He pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court to maliciously destroying property; and stalking/intimidating his neighbour at the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park on November 7 last year.

Defence lawyer Amy Barker asked for a good behaviour bond for her client despite his ‘colourful’ police record. She said Jolley was upset after the manager of the caravan park asked him if he was dealing drugs, which he denied. However, Jolley believed one of his van neighbours had been, so he went across to discuss the matter.

Ms Barker said it had been a very poor decision by her client to visit his neighbour when ‘he had a few drinks onboard’ after being wrongly accused of drug dealing.

Police facts state Jolley began verbally abusing his neighbour telling him he would ‘kick his ass’ and ‘beat the living .... out of you’.

After leaving the caravan, Jolley punch his fist through the van’s kitchen window shattering the glass. Jolley then stuck his head through the hole in the window threatening to smash the place.

Magistrate Robyn Denes convicted Jolley on both charges and placed him on a 12-month good behaviour bond.



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