Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Big Apple Call Turns Rotten for Marc

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Big Apple Call Turns Rotten for Marc

Article excerpt

FOR Marc Cooper it started with a phone call from New York, brought him to Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday and will end with a Brisbane chemotherapy session next week.

Cooper, a Townsville-based lawn-mowing contractor, received a maintenance phone call from New York from someone wanting him to mow their yard in Townsville. Cooper, who yesterday pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to an entering dwelling to commit an offence charge, did his deed for his seemingly willing customer but never received the $250 he was owed for his services.

So he decided to take matters into his own hands and break his way into the customer's house to fetch his money.

The Morning Bulletin understands the Townsville contractor asked to have his matter transferred to Rockhampton to be dealt with because he had medical appointments in the coming days, in Brisbane, to treat problems caused by a tumour.

Police prosecutor Matthew Heelan yesterday told the court that when Cooper received a call from another Townsville resident, who was on holiday in the USA, to clean up his yard, he followed up on his client's request. …

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