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Man jailed for four months after assaulting neighbours

A MAN attacked his former neighbour during a home invasion over a noise complaint.

Shaun Kevin Reeves hit the man in his own home with a length of "butcher's steel" while the man was on the ground.

Reeves also attacked the man's wife, who had been trying to get Reeves off her husband, the District Court was told.

Reeves had been staying in Mackay with his former long-term partner.

Music was playing from a shed in the Beaconsfield backyard on August 17. A neighbour had approached Reeves from his own backyard, which backed onto the other yard, and asked him to turn down the music multiple times.

The police were called.

After officers left, items were thrown onto the roof of the victim, so he went back outside to speak with Reeves, the court was told.

Reeves crossed the fence between the two yards, followed the man to his home and prevented the couple from closing the door.

Reeves punched the man, who had armed himself with the butcher's steel. Reeves also kicked the man while he was on the ground, the court was told.

Barrister Bronwyn Hartigan said there was "animosity and background" to the offending.

"He did not go to the residence armed," Ms Hartigan said.

The injuries to the victims, while unacceptable, were minor in comparison to injuries received from a weapon, she said.

Judge Julie Dick accepted Reeves had been drinking and his emotions were high at the time, but said that didn't excuse his actions.

Reeves pleaded guilty to entering a dwelling with intent and assault occasioning bodily harm while armed.

He was jailed for two years, to be suspended after serving four months, for two and a half years.

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