A neighbourhood dispute that started over lawn clippings has now morphed into accusations of stalking via CCTV cameras.
Thomas Brookes claims that his policeman neighbour has a battery of CCTV cameras pointing directly at his property.
“It’s really creepy to know you’re being watched all the time,” Mr Brookes said.
When A Current Affair visited his property at Beenleigh, south of Brisbane, they counted six cameras all pointed at Mr Brookes’ property, but he says at times there’s been up to nine.
“It seems he’s got nothing better to do in his life than to watch what I’m doing. Like it’s just nuts,” he said.
His neighbour is police officer Sergeant Michael Eadie. He’s been in dispute with Mr Brookes for almost two years over his neighbour’s construction site.
Thomas Brookes is in the process of redeveloping his 1600-square-metre block into a three-lot subdivision.
Work has been stalled on the project since early 2017 due to finance issues.
Mr Brookes has seven shipping containers, four caravans and two boats on the suburban block.
He says he has building materials stored in the containers.
Logan Council tried to prosecute Mr Brookes in court over the containers but a magistrate dismissed all eight charges. The council is planning to appeal.
“They (council) have just complained about anything and everything which has effectively brought the whole project to a halt,” Mr Brookes said.
Now Thomas Brookes has a complaint of his own, about why his neighbour has so many cameras pointing right at his property.
“He’s spying on us, there is no other explanation,” Mr Brookes said.
Sgt Michael Eadie declined A Current Affair’s request for interview but his father-in-law Les Jobson who owns the property said the cameras are there for “security reasons”.
“It’s not particularly spying on anyone, I don’t know where this spying comes from,” Mr Jobson said.
Mr Jobson said there were more cameras that couldn’t be seen but declined to say how many.
Lawyer Richard Mitry says laws around CCTV cameras vary from state to state but rarely restrict how many you have or where they point.
He says ‘nuisance grounds’ are one of the only legal means to attempt to have somebody else’s cameras moved.
“Anyone who owns or lives on a property is entitled to enjoy their property and if somebody else does something that is unreasonable and substantial which interferes with that enjoyment that could be a nuisance that could require someone to pay compensation,” Mr Mitry said.
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