Climber Sean Wisedale in court over Glenwood neighbourhood rage

2013-08-27 00:00

THE first South African to conquer the summit of the highest mountain on each of the seven continents yesterday undertook to repair a neighbour’s gate. He allegedly knocked it down over the weekend when tempers flared.

Sean Wisedale appeared briefly in the Durban Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of drunken driving, malicious damage to property, public disturbance, shouting and hurling verbal abuse.

Accompanied by his wife, Katherine Rowan, Wisedale paced up and down the corridors of the court with his cellphone glued to his ear before proceedings began.

Wearing a black blazer and fawn- coloured pants, he told the magistrate he sustained the bruises on his face when neighbours and members of a security firm grabbed him.

Chaos erupted on Sunday when Wisedale was allegedly caught up in a neighbourhood dispute in Glenwood.

Police were called when Wisedale allegedly drove into his neighbour’s gate, and he was arrested for drunken driving and malicious damage to property.

He accused some neighbours of being very noisy and disturbing the peace, despite numerous interventions by the municipality.

“The invasion of the peace in our home is on-going,” he told The Witness.

He accused a neighbour of trying to commandeer a private road.

“It was that gate I ran over in frustration. [The owner] of that gate has not laid a charge against me for malicious damage to property, as I believe he understands my and my wife’s frustration with the on-going disturbance.”

The mountaineer said his reaction was not the way he usually behaves. He has apologised to the gate owner and is busy reconstructing the gate. “I mean no harm to anyone,” Wisedale said.

His case was postponed till February 28, 2014. He is out on bail of R1 000.

Wisedale previously worked on M-Net’s Carte Blanche, SABC, Discovery and National Geographic networks, and the production of many of his own adventure-related documentaries.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.