Fight over dead cat ends in court

Scott Foxley- Connolly pleaded guilty to assaulting his neighbour and was fined $2000.
Scott Foxley- Connolly pleaded guilty to assaulting his neighbour and was fined $2000. Daily Mercury

A DISPUTE at Slade Point over a dog and a dead cat turned nasty and resulted in Scott Foxley-Connolly assaulting his neighbour, Dr Phillip Egan.

The trouble began on March 14 last year when Dr Egan's cat was killed by Foxley-Connolly's dog, the District Court in Mackay was told yesterday.

Dr Egan phoned his neighbour the next day and spoke with Foxley-Connolly's fiancee's mother; she said he called her "spineless" and "gutless" and made her cry.

Foxley-Connolly was told about it; he went next door and told Dr Egan that he (Dr Egan) had upset his fiancee's mother and made her cry.

Dr Egan told him to get off the property, Crown prosecutor Chris Winlaw said, and started moving backwards into his residence.

Foxley-Connolly followed Dr Egan inside and punched him twice to the left side of the head; he fell backwards and hit the back of his head on furniture.

Dr Egan suffered bruising and swelling to his left ear, a 2mm laceration to his ear, a 4mm puncture wound to the back of his head, short-term hearing and memory loss.

"The next day, at his medical practice, he collapsed and had to be admitted to an Intensive Care Unit for three days," Mr Winlaw said.

The doctor took one week off work and still suffers tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

Foxley-Connolly, 29, electrician, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm to Phillip John Egan, 59.

Barrister Paddy Cullinane, for Foxley-Connolly, tendered three references and said the doctor had already started civil action to seek compensation for personal injuries.

Judge Julie Dick, SC, said it seemed to be a case of Foxley-Connolly acting out of some sort of misguided chivalry.

He was fined $2000. No conviction was recorded.

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