Love triangle turns violent

A LOVE triangle between a Ballina woman, her ex-lover and her hammer-wielding new flame turned violent on the weekend, leaving one man in hospital with a fractured skull.

Dennis Beckett, 41, and his brother, Garry Beckett, were allegedly armed with a pair of scissors when they attended a block of units in Tamar St on Sunday afternoon, where Dennis’s ex-girlfriend was residing with her new love interest, Michael Dillon.

The real life soap opera reached its climax when Dillon, 40, came out of his residence and onto the driveway where a fight between he and the Beckett brothers ensued.

Police allege Dillon hit Garry Beckett, 42, with a hammer, before one of the brothers hit Dillon in the chest with an iron bar.

The Beckett brothers retreated to their car, but were followed by Dillon, who smashed one of the vehicle’s windows with the hammer.

The brothers drove to Ballina Hospital while police attended Tamar St and arrested Dillon.

Dennis Beckett was arrested after he was released from hospital.

Despite not being directly involved in the triangle, it was Garry Beckett who bore the brunt of the lover’s tiff.

He sustained a fractured skull and was airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital.

Dillon held his head in his hands and attempted to argue with the magistrate while he sat in the dock in Lismore Local Court yesterday.

Defence lawyer Tom Trembath said his client was in a relationship with Dennis Beckett’s ex-partner.

“They have been in a relationship for two months and he has been a father figure to her children,” he said.

Dillon, who was on parole when the incident occurred, was charged with six offences, including causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Garry Beckett.

Dillon conceded he had a lengthy criminal record in three different states, his lawyer said.

When Magistrate Linden refused Dillon’s bail application, the disgruntled defendant told the magistrate he was a “f***ing cow”.

“What is most distressing is the defendant exited the unit to confront them (the Beckett brothers) and then it was on for young and old,” Magistrate Linden said.

Dennis Beckett appeared in court shortly after, wearing prison greens and a pained expression.

The defence said Beckett did not have a significant record and he was concerned for his brother, who remained in hospital.

Beckett entered not guilty pleas to affray, use of an offensive weapon with intent and common assault and was granted bail.


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