Elderly man's stand off with cops over unpaid $200

NOEL Chappell, 68, paid a hefty price for damaging a $79 phone.

The Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday heard on October 14 the retiree confiscated the phone and bank card of a woman who he said owed him $200.

When police were called to the Berserker home about 12.20am Chappell refused them entry before they forced the door open.

ANGER: A man who claimed a woman owed him $200 has smashed her phone.
ANGER: A man who claimed a woman owed him $200 has smashed her phone.

The court heard the man shouted "if you want me to smash your phone here, I will".

Police warned he would be charged, but Chappell threw it on the ground and stomped it.

He was charged with wilful damage and obstruct police and fined $750 for both and ordered to pay $79 restitution for the phone.


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