Tradie ‘painted dog, stalked neighbours’
A TRADIE neighbour from hell accused of painting the next-door dog, blasting radios day and night and using tools early in the morning, forcing residents to sell their homes, has faced a Brisbane court over the tirade of "harassment and intimidation" that allegedly lasted three years.
Steven John Tarasiuk has been charged with stalking his neighbours on Ivy St in Indooroopilly between 2013 and 2016.
It is alleged the harassment began after they made complaints to Brisbane City Council about the man's building compliance, when he was renovating his river-front home.
Tarasiuk pleaded not guilty two counts of stalking with violence to property and two further counts of stalking at the start of his Brisbane District Court trial on Monday.
The court heard the stalking allegedly involved "a course of conduct involving harassment, threats and intimidation" including more than 130 instances of running loud radios playing two different stations, blowing dust into adjoining properties, using power tools early in the morning and placing chicken bones under the dividing fence.
Crown Prosecutor Ron Swanick on Monday told the jury Tarasiuk had also allegedly painted neighbour David Coates' pet dog named Archie.
He also told the court the man had allegedly run a compressor outside the bedroom window of Mr Coates and his wife, while they tried to sleep, blocked their driveway with his car and destroyed another neighbour's garden.
"The defendant was the neighbour from hell," Mr Swanick said.
"(He) waged a course of conduct involving harassment, threats and intimidation and threats of damage to property.
"They became virtual prisoners in their own homes."
Mr Swanick said Tarasiuk had systemically terrorised his neighbours after they complained he had built boundary walls too high and breached other development restrictions for his corner block, including building a staircase down to the Brisbane River.
Some complaints were upheld and some were not, the court heard.
Neighbours were forced to install security cameras to monitor activity and when they tried to sell their homes Tarasiuk put a large banner on his house saying he had been the subject of media attention, the court was told.
"This was no mere run-of-the-mill neighbourhood dispute," Mr Swanick said.
"This was a deliberate course of harassment and intimidation of such a magnitude that it became a criminal offence of stalking."
The trial continues.