Sydney may have seen its first fatal case of water rage.
UPDATE. Looks like the murder was indeed eco-related:
A 66-year-old man had been watering his front lawn, on Formosa Street in Sylvania, when another man, 36, who was walking past the house, challenged him about water restrictions.
The two argued and police said at one point the 66-year-old turned the hose on the other man, wetting him.
The 36-year-old attacked the older man, punching him, pushing him to the ground and then kicking him.
The attacker is a bright fellow:
A Sydney Water spokesman said if the time stated in the police report was correct, the deceased man was not violating Sydney’s water restrictions.
UPDATE II. The UK Telegraph: “Australia suffers first ‘water rage’ death.”
UPDATE III. Further details on the victim and his alleged killer:
Ken Proctor and his mates should have been at Sylvania Bowls Club last night sinking a schooner or two. He might have talked proudly of his new grand-daughter, born only a month ago.
But the 66-year-old’s chair was empty last night following his death, apparently after the most trivial dispute imaginable – over the watering of his lawn.
He was hosing his large front lawn just after 5pm on Wednesday when Todd Munter, walking past Mr Proctor’s brick two-storey house on Formosa Street, Sylvania, allegedly accused him of violating water restrictions.