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.


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