Police charge two after domestic dispute involving a tractor – Smith Creek, near Grafton

Two men will face court today after a neighbourhood dispute in the state’s Clarence Valley.

Yesterday (Tuesday 26 November 2019), police have been told a verbal dispute occurred between two men known to each other over a domestic issue.

About 9pm, a 43-year-old man attended a home on Smith Creek Road, Smith Creek, and allegedly verbally abused a female resident before a 67-year-old man attended and the pair left the scene.

The 43-year-old returned a short time later allegedly driving a tractor towards the home.

The female resident called the 67-year-old man to return to the property and a short time later he arrived allegedly armed with a rifle.

Police will allege the younger man rammed the 67-year-old’s vehicle before the older man discharged a number of shots from a rifle.

The pair were involved in a further altercation before the younger man left the scene.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District were called and arrested the 43-year-old man a short distance away.

He underwent a breath analysis which allegedly returned a positive result.

He was taken to Grafton Police Station where he underwent a secondary breath analysis which allegedly returned a positive reading of 0.088.

He was charged with two counts of use offensive weapon with intent to commit indictable offence and one count of mid-range PCA.

About 11pm, the 67-year-old man attended Copmanhurst Police Station where he was arrested.

He was taken to Grafton Police Station and charged with fire firearm in a manner likely to injure persons/property.

Both men were refused bail to face Grafton Local Court today (Wednesday 27 November 2019).

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