Chris Ison

Man faces court for attacking car with cricket bat

A GYMPIE roadside was the scene of a violent attack on a car, which saw a man pull out a cricket bat in anger.

Howard man Michael Paul Tapner, 39, tried to intimidate his ex's new partner by cutting him off on the road and making threats.

He then inflicted extensive damage to the man's vehicle by hitting it with a cricket bat.

The incident occurred in 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.

Tapner was convicted of four charges in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court including going armed to cause fear.

Tapner was disqualified from driving for six months for dangerous operation of his vehicle.

He was disqualified for a further six months for drink-driving.

For the two driving charges, Tapner was fined $2000.

He was also convicted for wilful damage.

The criminal charges earned Tapner a 12-month jail sentence, which was suspended for two years.

Snr Const Kunkel said $5150 restitution was sought for damages to the victim's vehicle.

Gympie Times

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