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“What sort of tree was it?” Judge Garry Barkle asked.

“One that shed a lot of leaves and was really annoying,” Keith Grigg said from the dock.

Grigg, a Taranaki man, is angry about leaves falling on his driveway has cut down his neighbour’s tree.

Grigg had previously written to his neighbour telling her to cut down a tree on her driveway and pick up the leaves, the Hawera District Court heard on Tuesday.

On June 17 Grigg went to her address with a chainsaw and began to cut the tree down. The victim rang the police but when they arrived, the tree had been felled, police prosecutor Sergeant Steve Hickey said.

Grigg told police the tree constantly dropped leaves on to his driveway and the street. Reparation was sought for the clean up work carried out by the Stratford District Council.

Grigg’s lawyer Jack Price said tension had built up between the neighbours over the issue of the tree and its falling leaves.

“There are other ways and means of resolving these sorts of things, without effectively taking things into your own hands,” said Barkle.

Grigg pleaded guilty to one charge of wilful damage.

He ordered Grigg to pay $250 to the Stratford District Council for the cost of cleaning up the tree and $500 as an emotional harm payment to the victim.

No more annoying tree and all for less than getting it professionally removed.

He’s not a smart man though.

He should have waited until she was on holiday and nicked some tree fellas’ signs to put out front and do it then.

Then, when the neighbour returns, leave a bottle of wine thanking her for removing the tree.

$750 in court costs and fines – cut it down yourself.

$20 in wine and chainsaw fuel/oil following my evil bastard plan

Clean driveway?  Priceless!


– Stuff

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