Cricket bat attack on vehicle lands Howard man in court
A HOWARD man tried to intimidate his ex's new partner by cutting him off on the road, extensively damaging his vehicle with a cricket bat and making threats.
It occurred at Gympie, while the victim had two teenage children in the car and was towing a horse float.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Nicole Kunkel said the attack was planned.
Michael Paul Tapner, 39, was disqualified from driving for six months for dangerous operation of his vehicle, and a further six months for drink driving, at Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
For the two driving charges, Tapner was fined $2000.
For the wilful damage charge and going armed as to cause fear, he was convicted and given a 12-month suspended-sentence for two years.
Snr Const Kunkel said $5150 restitution was sought for damages to the victim's vehicle.