Suspected commuter water gun lands neighbor in court
A Logan resident has been charged with assaulting her neighbor, who is accused of hosing her down with a water gun.
Beth Lilley’s neighbors claim to have video evidence.
Although Bethania’s premises do not appear to be dangerous, according to Ms. Lilley’s neighbors, she is.
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Scott Stanaway and his partner Liz Hanham alleged that Ms Lilley sprayed them when they went out – sometimes with chemicals.
“On a nice day, not a cloud in the sky and you just feel these little droplets on you, and it starts to burn and you have to go in and wash it off,” Mr Stanaway and Ms Hanham said. A topical matter.
Following a court appearance, Ms Lilley spoke with A topical matter and denied any wrongdoing.
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But Ms Hanham and Mr Stanaway alleged that security camera vision revealed something was being sprayed through the fence.
“When I first moved in, I started getting sick very, very quickly,” Ms Hanham said.
“And it was just, I can’t figure out what’s wrong.
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“I felt really tired all the time, confused, disoriented, falling down, I just couldn’t breathe properly.”
The couple said phone footage of Ms Lilley showed her armed with a super-dipper.
A topical matter asked Mrs. Lilley if she owned a super-dipper.
“I have a water gun,” Ms Lilley said.
“Just a little, (a) child.
“I use it on the dog to keep him from barking and tearing my lace curtains.”
But the neighbor, Mrs. Hanham, disagrees.
“No. No, the dog is inside, why is spray coming over the fence and getting caught on camera all the time?” said Ms Hanham.
An incident last September prompted Mr Stanaway and Ms Hanham to call the police and Ms Lilley was arrested.
When asked how she reacted, Ms Lilley said it was “a shock, total shock”.
“I was at the top of a ladder, I felt a mist, the tongue started to get stingy and I knew, ‘You’re (Ms. Lilley) here, aren’t you?'” Mr. Stanaway said.
“So I climbed down the ladder, walked over to the fence with the camera that was on and she’s standing there with a kids super-soaking squirt gun.
“The arresting officer took the squirt gun apart and said ‘oh, chlorine’, well, everyone knows all of our drinking water has chlorine in it,” Ms Lilley said.
“So I got a report from Council Logan on how much chlorine it contains.”
A topical matter journalist Chris Allen asked Ms Lilley: ‘So you’re saying the only thing in the squirt gun was chlorinated water?’
Nodding, Ms Lilley replied: “Well, would I spray my dog with pesticides?”
Ms Lilley has been charged with one count of common assault, but the suburban feud continues.
Ms Lilley claims she is regularly abused and subjected to ‘rocking, rocking the roof, screaming, swearing, kicking the fence’.
Mr Stanaway told us: ‘If I hear him spraying or making noise, I’ll yell at him, ‘Come inside, stop spraying us’, along with some swear words.
“The police said, ‘It’s okay if you feel her spraying you, swear to her.’
Mr Stanaway and Ms Hanham claimed the problem started when they started renting their home three years ago and caught Ms Lilley on their property.
“I said to him, ‘What are you doing?’ and she said, ‘Oh, no’, she was really pissed off and said, ‘All the music,'” Ms Hanham said.
“I said, ‘Bulls— the music, you f—— trespassing, get off the property.'”
The reporter asked Ms Hanham about Ms Lilley’s claims that they played loud music, threw rocks on her roof and demolished the fence.
“Oh, we did take the fence down, but that was to expose the fence to try and catch him to stop him from doing that,” Mr Stanaway replied.
Mr. Stanaway and Mrs. Hanham said they couldn’t get out.
“She’s accusing us of threats and all that kind of stuff and the only threat I’ve made is to catch her,” Mr Stanaway said.
The reporter asked Ms Lilley if she was nervous about the result.
“I think anyone would be,” Ms Lilley said. A magistrate will decide what happens at a hearing in June.
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