Parking row led to man ripping neighbour's car apart with screwdriver and then his bare hands
A ROW over parking in a quiet Exeter road led to neighbours brawling in the street, a court has heard.
Exeter magistrates heard that a dispute had been simmering between Macauley McMenemy and Brant Wells for several months over where their cars were parked in Myrtle Road, Redhills.
The spat escalated last month when disabled McMenemy, who claims he was attacked by Mr Wells, took revenge by tearing parts off his neighbour’s car with a screwdriver and his bare hands.
Michael French, prosecuting, said: “They had been at loggerheads for some time and on July 27, police received reports of a disturbance.
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“Mr Wells began the confrontation, approaching McMenemy who was sitting in his car on his drive and shutting a car door on to his leg and then there was a scuffle.
“McMenemy then got a screwdriver and approached Mr Wells’ vehicle, a black Saab, ripping off a wing mirror and removing the car’s grill. Mr Wells filmed what happened on his mobile phone.
“Onlookers managed to calm McMenemy and, when police arrived, both were arrested.”
Mr French told the court that when interviewed McMenemy’s recollection of what happened was sketchy but that he blamed Mr Wells for starting the incident.
Rachel Bentley, defending, said McMenemy suffered from osteoarthritis and had a kidney problem and was fo9rmerly in the armed forces
“He is not a well man,” she said, “On the day in question, he was sitting in his Motability car with his partner when his neighbour came across for the sole purpose of attacking him, hitting him with the car door repeatedly then striking him.
“He managed to break free and grab a screwdriver. He accepts that he caused the damage to the car but we do not accept that he caused the more than £1,000 of damage which Mr Wells is claiming in compensation.”
She added: “My client accepts this is a serious matter but I think it is a baffling decision that he is the only one to face court over this.
“Some issues over inconsiderate parking led to this and there have been no issues between the two parties since this incident.”
Magistrates said the incident has been unfortunate and accepted the both parties had been responsible although McMenemy’s actions could not be justified.
He received a 12-month conditional discharge and will have to pay a £15 victim surcharge with no order for costs.