Neighbours will go to trial

A MILLBANK man will stand trial for allegedly smashing his neighbour’s jaw during a fight, after being accused of threatening the man’s fiance.

Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday heard that on Australia Day this year, 32-year-old Millbank man Damien Lloyd Matthews allegedly hit Malcolm John Pentland on the head and back, with a weapon similar to an axe handle.

The fight allegedly started when Mr Pentland’s fiance said Matthews had been abusing and threatening her.

After a confrontation between the two men, Mr Pentland was left with a fractured jaw, cracked ribs, cuts to his head and hearing loss.

But Matthews said he was also assaulted during the incident.

During cross-examination, the defence for Matthews put it to Mr Pentland that he went out “screaming and looking to flog” his neighbour of eight months after his fiance told him of her alleged problems with Matthews.

Mr Pentland said he “spoke sternly” to Matthews, but did not assault him.

“I turned around to go back inside and woke up in Bundaberg Hospital,” he said.

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul McCosker was one of the police officers who attended the incident, and spoke to the court via a telephone link.

When he arrived at the unit block where both men lived, Det Snr Sergeant McCosker said Matthews told him that he had been involved in a fight, and assaulted by the other person involved.

“He didn’t make an assault complaint, he said he was assaulted also,” Det Snr Sgt McCosker said.

However, complainant Mr Pentland gave evidence that after a verbal altercation with Mr Matthews, he turned to go inside and the next thing he knew, he was waking up in Bundaberg Hospital.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts refused bail for Mr Matthews, and committed him to stand trial at a later date.

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