‘Bogan’: Stalking accused tells court he was abused
A BUILDER who is on trial for stalking his neighbours, a Qantas pilot on one side and a female solicitor on the other, says he was abused and called a "bogan''.
Defence counsel Sam Di Carlo said Steven Tarasiuk came to feel like he did not fit in with his Ivy St, Indooroopilly neighbours, while building his riverside "dream home''.
In the third week of his Brisbane District Court trial, the Crown today dropped two of four stalking charges against Tarasiuk.
Tarasiuk, 49, is still charged with stalking Qantas international pilot David Coates and former neighbour Arna Duetz, a solicitor and town planner, between 2013 and 2016.
The Crown alleges over three years Tarasiuk harassed, annoyed, intimidated and threatened his neighbours, after they made complaints about his building project.
Giving evidence in his defence, Tarasiuk said he did not know how the words "Wankers Nabers" came to be written on his side of a boundary wall with the Duetz's property.
He denied writing the words or encouraging anyone else to do so.
Tarasiuk told the court of an occasion when he and his wife went to their home building site to water a slab and a bright torch from the Duetz property was shone in their eyes.
He said Mrs Duetz shouted to his wife: "You're married to a bogan''.
Tarasiuk said after the light continued to be shone at him he said "f... off'' and swung the hose in the direction of the neighbours.
He denied ever staring at Mrs Duetz or following her with his eyes.
Tarasiuk said in December, 2013, he saw Arna Duetz's husband Robert throw one of his chairs onto the nature strip, breaking it in pieces.
He said when he told Mr Duetz it was "wilful damage'', his neighbour said: "I'm going to grab that chair and shove it up your arse''.
"I said 'Go for it.'. I turned around and bent over,'' Tarasiuk told the court.
He said Mr Duetz walked towards him and pushed him in the gut, kicked his garbage bins, called him "bogan'' and said: "We're sick of you''.
He said when Mrs Duetz went to get in a waiting taxi and he tried to take a photo of the licence plate, Mrs Duetz said to the driver: "He's only a bogan. Don't listen to him''.
Tarasiuk denied interfering with a security camera on Mr Coates's property.
David Coates complained of noise from a builder's radio left on overnight and claimed Tarasiuk used a leaf blower to blow dust from his work site towards his family's bedrooms.
Mr Coates has told the court how he started to get a "prisoner mentality'' after being "bombarded and tortured'' by days of constant loud radio music from the Tarasiuk property.