Parking spat lands Corner Brook neighbours in courtroom

Published on April 19, 2017

Judges gavel

A Corner Brook man will find out next month if a dispute with his neighbours amounted to a criminal disturbance or not.

Trevor Fred McLeod was charged with causing a disturbance after police were called to Farmdale Road in Corner Brook last May 19.

McLeod owns a piece of property on Farmdale Road that is mostly located behind the houses on that road. However, a narrow portion of the land does extend down towards the road, between two homes.

McLeod has a camper trailer parked on that slim section of his land. He also shares a two-vehicle driveway with the folks who live on one side of his property.

Last May 19, when neighbour June Davis went to get in her car into the driveway, she found that McLeod’s car was parked in such a way that it prevented her from getting into the driver’s side of her car.

When she asked him to move it, she testified in provincial court Wednesday morning, McLeod stuck up his middle finger and told her several times to “go f***” herself.

Davis said she felt afraid of McLeod and went back into her home and called her husband, Melvin. He came home and received the same response from McLeod when he asked him to move his car.

Melvin Davis said he didn’t want any further confrontation and phoned the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. He testified that, while he and his wife waited for the police to arrive, McLeod ventured onto their property and traipsed through their flowerbed.

They asked McLeod to get out of the flowerbed, but said McLeod just grinned and scuffed his feet all along the roughly 30-foot bed.

When the police arrived, McLeod was belligerent with them too. Const. Christopher Murphy testified McLeod repeatedly told the officers to “f*** off” and called one of the officers a “dildo.”

Murphy said, after repeated requests to move his car and to stop being verbally combative, the police arrested McLeod.

By that time, several neighbours had come out to see what was happening.

McLeod did not take the stand in his own defence at trial Wednesday morning. His lawyer, Jodi MacDonald argued the Crown had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt there was a disturbance.

Firstly, MacDonald said, June Davis being afraid of McLeod’s behaviour was not enough to constitute a public disturbance. Secondly, MacDonald suggested the gathering crowd was more the result of a natural curiosity about police presence in the neighbourhood than it was a disturbance.

Judge Kymil Howe will render a verdict on the case May 18.