Wednesday, October 27, 2004


A long-running neighbourhood feud turned bloody when a man attacked a car with a chainsaw, seriously wounding one of the occupants. Police said the bizarre attack happened as two men drove along the fence line of a neighbouring property at Inglewood, west of Warwick, with their lights on high beam and sounding their horn about 2am yesterday.

The agitated resident responded by starting a chainsaw and rushing at the vehicle, cutting through the passenger door. In the process, a 35-year-old sitting in the passenger's seat received serious injuries to his stomach. The victim was driven to the nearby Inglewood Hospital where he was assessed before being taken the 90km west to Goondiwindi by ambulance. "He had severe lacerations to his abdomen, including a deep 30cm cut," an ambulance spokesman said. He was then flown by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane where he is in a stable condition.

Police confirmed there was a history of ill-feeling between the neighbours. "It's a long and ongoing feud," a police spokeswoman said. But it is unknown what the feud is over. "It's been going on for years," one Inglewood resident, who declined to be named, said. "It all happens out there."

A 38-year-old man from Inglewood was yesterday charged with grievous bodily harm, unlawful wounding and wilful damage as a result of the incident. He was released on bail to appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court on November 23.


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