Conviction after taking law into own hands over rent

MAGISTRATE Russell Warfield said it was a classic case of taking the law into one's own hands.

Renee Adrian Jones appeared in the Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday on one charge of entering a dwelling and committing an indictable offence.

The court heard that on November 4 last year, the defendant entered the property of a former tenant and friend.

Jones's lawyer, Cassandra Ditchfield, told the court her client was hoping to recover six weeks of outstanding rent, along with the key to the property, which was still in the hands of the victim.

Ms Ditchfield said her client felt he was doing nothing wrong as the victim had repeatedly been ignoring his phone calls.

The court heard that a verbal altercation between the victim and the defendant ensued.

This culminated in the victim being punched, pushed and almost strangled by the defendant.

Police were called to attend the incident.

Jones was given a six month wholly suspended sentence and a conviction was recorded.