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AustraliaBrisbane tradie convicted of stalking neighbours

12:05  08 november  2018
12:05  08 november  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

Builder jailed for stalking in ugly neighbour dispute

Builder jailed for stalking in ugly neighbour dispute Steven Tarasiuk was found guilty of stalking Arna Duetz following a four-and-a-half week trial in the Brisbane District Court. Tarasiuk first came to the attention of A Current Affair four years ago when his neighbours claimed he'd been bullying residents in their leafy Indooroopilly street. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Steven Tarasiuk has been found guilty of stalking. During construction of Tarasiuk's dream home, the Duetzes claimed they found nails in their fish pond and that toilet paper was tossed across from the on-site portaloo. On one occasion they found their pet dog spray painted with stripes.

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A Brisbane builder who harassed his neighbours so much that they sold their homes has been convicted of unlawful stalking.

When Steven John Tarasiuk moved into a leafy street in Indooroopilly, neighbours complained he and his tradesmen wreaked havoc. They say they were parked in, loud music and air compressors were left on all night, offensive graffiti was sprayed on walls, and rubbish was dumped on the footpaths.

Other complaints related to used toilet paper and building materials thrown into a neighbouring property, while one family’s dog was also spray-painted by someone on Tarasiuk’s building site.

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Tarasiuk’s behaviour was exposed on A Current Affair, after which the Queensland Building and Construction Commission cancelled his building licence.

Neighbours Rob and Arna Duetz, and Lisa and David Coates both sold their properties to get away from Tarasiuk who was today found guilty of one count of unlawful stalking of Arna Duetz after a trial lasting more than four weeks. He was found not guilty however of stalking David Coates.

The builder will be sentenced tomorrow and is facing up to five years in jail.

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