Noise a ‘tool of terrorism’, court hears
A MAN has told a court he felt like a prisoner in his own home after being "bombarded and tortured'' by loud noise and radio music from his neighbour's home building site.
David Coates spoke of years when his family had to stay indoors, with windows and doors shut and airconditioning on at their riverside home, to escape noise and dust from next door.
"I was starting to get that prisoner mentality, that this bombardment, this torture was going to continue on endlessly," Mr Coates told Brisbane District Court.
His former next door neighbour, Steven Tarasiuk, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of stalking with violence to property and another two stalking counts, between 2013 and 2016.
Mr Coates said at times a builder's radio would be left playing excessively loudly, overnight over five days and over weekends, on Tarasiuk's Ivy St, Indooroopilly property.
He said on Christmas Eve, 2014, the noise disturbances included building materials being thrown around, horn blowing and loud swearing between Tarasiuk and his tradesmen.
"The noise was pervading every sense and every part of our lives, every minute of our day,'' he said.
Mr Coates said on Boxing Day, 2014, he was disturbed by hammering next door and Tarasiuk screaming to himself. "The fear levels were just continuing to rise. This had been going on for years now, with no sign of abating,'' he said.
He described Tarasiuk's use of a surround sound system to play music on various parts of his property, between 5.30am and 11.30pm, as "a new tool of terrorism''.
The revving of dirt bikes by Tarasiuk and his son felt "like being tortured''.
Mr Coates said his asthma was exacerbated by Tarasiuk using a leaf blower to blow "layers of dust'' on to their house. Mr Coates said his family moved out of their house in February this year, because it was the "only way out of being tortured by the Tarasiuks''.
The trial is continuing.