Truckie allegedly choked by uncle while delivering tractor
A GLENGALLAN man accused of choking his nephew who was delivering a tractor to a relative's shed pleaded not guilty to one charge laid against him in Warwick District Court on Monday.
Against a backdrop of family division dating back more than four years, according to Crown prosecutor Noel Needham, Anthony James Willett allegedly choked his nephew, Michael Thomas Willett, who was a truck driver at the time.
Mr Needham said the family was not "functioning" well together at the time of the alleged offence.
"There had been some bad blood between various members of the family," he said in court today.
Mr Needham said "young Michael" owned a trucking business and was asked to deliver a tractor to his uncle Brian, but needed to access Anthony Willett's property to do so.
When Michael, 29, stepped out of his truck to speak to his uncle Anthony, Mr Needham said, he was accosted immediately and pushed to the ground.
"Barely a word was spoken," Mr Needham told the court.
"The defendant pushed him to the ground. The defendant then, while he was over the top of him, used his hand to apply pressure to his windpipe. Pressure so much that he couldn't breathe or struggled to breathe."
Mr Needham said Anthony accused his nephew Michael of damaging his property.
At the time of writing the jury was yet to hear the defence case for Anthony James Willett, 42, who pleaded not guilty to a single charge of unlawfully choking Michael Willett without his consent while they were in a domestic relationship.