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June 09, 2018

A MAN who stole and broke a security camera because of a neighbours’ dispute has been convicted and fined $200.

A MAN who stole and broke a security camera because of a neighbours’ dispute has been convicted and fined $200.

Richard Kerr, 31, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to wilful damage.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Dave Rennie said on December 7, 2017, Kerr removed the security camera from the porch of a Boothman St house.

‘‘Police attended and viewed the CCTV footage,’’ he said. ‘‘The victim said there had been ongoing neighbour issues for months.’’

Police spoke to Kerr and he gave them the camera, which had broken in the process.

‘‘He said he took it because they kept turning the power off,’’ Snr Constable Rennie said.

Duty solicitor Glenn Cooper said his client didn’t live in Boothman St and the dispute was between his brother and his brother’s neighbours.

‘‘There have been no further problems and he’s accepted he shouldn’t have removed the camera,’’ he said.

Mr Cooper said Kerr was placed on a CCO on November 22 and he was engaging well.

Magistrate John Murphy convicted and fined him.

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