IT STARTED out as a dispute between two neighbours; it ended with one biting part of the other's finger off.
Richard Neil Batchelor had been living on his North Arm property for little more than a month when a spill from an old diesel tank sparked an argument with his next-door neighbour, Jon Marco Reginald Perrin.
Before long the argument turned violent.
Mr Perrin's trial for causing grievous bodily harm to his neighbour Richard Batchelor began in Maroochydore District Court.
Mr Perrin went to his neighbour on Bunya Rd on a rainy night in October 2015 when he discovered diesel leaking into his property from the tank behind Mr Batchelor's shed.
Together the men investigated the spill,
and the mess left to be dealt with the following day.
But when Mr Batchelor returned home from work the next day a fight broke out.
Mr Batchelor told the court he was annoyed Mr Perrin had reported the spill to the council and said Mr Perrin had accused him of deliberately dumping the diesel from the tank, which he had sold and was preparing for collection.
"I was annoyed that we'd discussed it on Thursday night, I said I'd sort it out," he said
"That should have been good enough."
Defence Barrister Mark McCarthy told the jury both men had behaved disgracefully but said there was some dispute about who started the fight, and that Mr Perrin was acting in self-defence when he bit Mr Batchelor's finger off just above the first knuckle.
Both men had been throwing punches and were wrestling on the ground, Mr Batchelor on top, with his hand on Mr Perrin's face.
The trial continues.
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