“Bad neighbours” drove Mandurah man to violent axe attack

A LAKELANDS man claimed in Mandurah Magistrates Court that bad neighbours drove him to violent behaviour.

Ward Andrew Talty pleaded guilty to committing criminal damage on January 8.

The police prosecutor claimed Talty threw an axe through his neighbour’s window around 11pm at night causing $600 in damage.

Talty said the incident occurred after he got to a point where he had, “had enough of the guys next door”.

“They’ve turned our power off twice, thrown stubbies on our roof, ran over our letterbox and scratched my car,” Talty said.

It was the last straw for Talty who came home from his FIFO job to video footage of the neighbours chasing his wife.

“(The video showed) the neighbour running down the driveway with a steel pole to hit my wife,” he said.

“Then the woman came out with a rock.

“I came home and my daughter showed me the video, I’d just had enough.”

Magistrate Anne Longden asked Talty what it had been like in the neighbourhood since protective bail conditions were put in place.

Talty said there had been no trouble since then.

“I’m not a bad person, it was just a bad decision at the time,” he said.

“I don’t know how else to deal with them.”

Talty was ordered to pay his neighbours $600 in compensation and a fine of $400.