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Chainsaw used in firewood fight

A MAN allegedly cut through the door of a utility with a chainsaw, during a heated dispute over firewood at Bowraville.

The district court has heard the chainsaw blade passed through the driver's side window of the Toyota ute causing extensive damage.

Bowraville resident David Parkinson is on trial in the Coffs Harbour Local Court this week trying to persuade a jury he did not commit the crime.

The alleged offence happened alongside Grey Gum Lane on Sunday, November 13, 2005.

Parkinson is defending himself, facing charges of being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence and causing malicious damage.

Today the jury will hear the closing summaries before deliberating and handing down its verdict.

It's alleged Parkinson and his mother took offence to three men, Wayne Brennan, Torquial Cameron and Albert Hartnett cutting up a number of fallen trees.

Parkinson's father is believed to have been authorised to harvest timber from the area by State Forests, while one of the victims in the case claimed the trees were on his land. The court heard there was a dispute over the ownership of the wood that morning.

Parkinson then returned to his home and along with his father confronted the men over the issue.

From the witness box, his mother yesterday defended their actions.

She told the crown she did not see David leave the house that afternoon with the chainsaw.

“They returned home saying there had been a problem up there and you better ring the police,” Mrs Parkinson said.

“They said that someone got hurt,” she said.

The crown alleges that Parkinson took to the vehicle with his saw.

The case continues today.


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