Brother with meat cleaver was “asking for trouble”

A MEAT cleaver, alcohol and a bad temper made for a toxic cocktail in a shocking domestic dispute.

In a disturbing case, heard in Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday, a drunken Tweed Heads man, 20, destroyed the house he shared with his younger brother after he was refused use of his sibling's car.

While the bad tempered male was smashing up their home, the scared younger brother dialed 000, the court was told.

"You would call the police, you cop loving dog," his brother allegedly said before shoving his younger brother in the chest, which caused him to fall.

The emergency operator could not hear the younger brother's call for help over the sound of screaming, Magistrate M Dakin said, as he read the facts out to the court.

The man, who was well known to police, left the scene and was found a short time later in the South Tweed Tavern car park.

When the accused spotted the police he threw a meat cleaver, which was hidden in his pocket, on the ground and said, "I don't want to get in trouble for that."

"Why do you have to leave the house with a meat cleaver in your pocket?" Magistrate Michael Dakin said.

"You're just asking for more trouble.

"You're becoming a violent man."

The court heard the accused man had allegedly been drinking when he asked his younger brother if he could borrow his car and some cash.

His younger brother handed over money but refused the keys because he knew his brother was intoxicated.

The situation escalated from there with the older brother hurling abuse.

"You're such a pathetic c***," he said.

He then allegedly picked up a coffee table, vase and more chairs and smashed them against a wall before finding a meat cleaver and throwing it at the TV, causing it to fall and smash.

"Obviously alcohol is a problem," the man's defence solicitor Cassandra Bennet said.

He pleaded guilty to charges of common assault, custody of a knife in a public place and destroying or damaging property.

The man was sentenced to a two year good behaviour bond.

The victim did not seek compensation because he knew his unemployed brother would be unable to pay.

The man also pleaded guilty to shoplifting two bottles of rum from Liquorland Banora Point.

He was fined $400 and ordered to pay $84 in compensation.


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