Minden man Bevan Canning pleaded guilty to assaulting a person aged over 60. The pair argued over a dog on the loose.
Minden man Bevan Canning pleaded guilty to assaulting a person aged over 60. The pair argued over a dog on the loose.

Man lashes out at neighbour in fight over loose dog

A DOG on the loose triggered a confrontation between two neighbours which ended with a young man punching a 75-year-old man in the face.

An Ipswich court heard the older man yelled out for Bevan Canning to come and get his dog, triggering an argument and the subsequent assault.

Bevan Robert Lester Canning, 29, from Minden, pleaded guilty to the unlawful serious assault of a person aged 60 or over, at Minden on December 15, 2020.

Prosecutor Sergeant Paul Caldwell said Canning had no criminal history.

The elderly man told police that Canning's dog entered his backyard and he called out for Canning to come and get it.

Sgt Caldwell said the man and his wife were outside at the fence and when Canning called out for his dog to come the man bent down to lift-up a section of wire fence.

He said that when he stood back up Canning struck him once to the left side of his face, causing pain.

 

Minden man Bevan Canning pleaded guilty to assaulting a person aged over 60. The pair argued over a dog on the loose.
Minden man Bevan Canning pleaded guilty to assaulting a person aged over 60. The pair argued over a dog on the loose.

 

Sgt Caldwell said police noticed a minor abrasion and swelling beneath the elderly man's left eye.

The man also suffered a cut to his mouth.

Sgt Caldwell said Canning admitted to slapping the man once, saying there had been ongoing issues with the neighbour who he claimed often yelled at their children.

Defence lawyer Trevor Hoskin said Canning maintained his guilty plea on the basis it was a slap and not a punch.

"There has been a lot of animosity coming from the man. Mr Canning is a stay-at-home dad with five children," Mr Hoskin said.

"There have been issues with a dog and he (the neighbour) is constantly yelling at the children or throws objects at the children.

"He has reported it to a real estate agent but nothing ever comes of it.

"I am told the victim said it's your f***ing kids that let the dog out, and that this caused him (Canning) to lose it.

"The prosecution file says this appears to be out of character."

Magistrate David Shepherd told Canning that the use of violence was to be discouraged at all times, and the incident was made worse because the victim was aged 75.

"Despite the difficulties that appear to exist between you it does not justify this conduct," Mr Shepherd said.

"It does not set a good example for children that adults respond in this way.

"You will just have to figure out how you will resolve the issue with your neighbour."

Mr Shepherd fined Canning $500 and did not record a conviction against him.



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