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.

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