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Living next to cat throwing teens

By johnboy - 14 December 2011 84

Yesterday’s news from police about an alleged cat injuring prank in Scullin generated near universal disgust (along with the inevitable argument about whether animal abuse is a gateway to more serious crimes against people).

But it also brought a post by one of the neighbours in the Scullin apartments about life with an antisocial group running wild.

It deserves wider attention, so here it is.

#36 Gennalove
12:00 am, 14 Dec 11

I live in the appartment block where this happened with six other residents not including those associated with this boy. As much as I sympathise with those people out there who want justice done to him, the real problem is the group of teenagers who reside in this specific flat.

We have been dealing with this rubbish for over seven months now and unfortunately ACT Housing tells us all that their hands are tied, that they cannot simply evict these kids, despite the fact that this is not the first time they have caused harm to our property or intimidated and threatened any of us verbally or otherwise; though it is certainly the most heinous crime they have yet commited. ACT Housing are telling us to go to the police. The police tell us to go to Housing. When is enough, enough? Must one of us be physically assaulted in order for someone to pay attention? Obviously, this awful event was not enough.

All the residents of these flats, excluding these kids, are kind and gentle people. Yes, they may be a little eccentric but as far as public housing complexes go, I could not wish for better or more curteous and caring neighbours. That they should have to live in fear is unacceptable and cruel. ACT Housing are treating these kids like they are the victims and we, the perpetrators. We have done nothing more than exercise our right to a peaceful neighbourhood by involving police as regularly as possible. Though nothing is done. This is the real crime.

I know that the owner of that cat loved him and cared for him. He did not deserve this. And we do not deserve to live next to those people who are capable of such an unspeakable crime that only adds to the long, long list of what they have already done.

I am sick of feeling unsafe even in my own home. I am sick of waiting for police to arrive only to do nothing. I am sick of preventing my friends and family coming over of a weekend night for fear of their safety as they walk up the stairwell. I am sick of hiding in my flat. I am sick of turning the music up loud to drown out the sounds of their domestic violence.

We are sick of being unheard.

We are sick of being ignored.

What’s Your opinion?


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84 Responses to
Living next to cat throwing teens
Chop71 11:45 am 14 Dec 11

Scullin property must be going gangbusters with winners like these in the neighbouhood

JazzyJess 11:45 am 14 Dec 11

Contact the Minister responsible for community housing: Ms Joy Burch MLA – GPO Box 1020, Canberra, ACT 2601 or burch@act.gov.au. Does anybody know how the cat is doing?

Chop71 11:40 am 14 Dec 11

Blame public housing ……. with your hand out accepting cheap rent.

What’s happened is sad, but how much do you pay a week in rent?
I can’t feel sorry for you while I help subsidise your housing through taxes and rates.

EvanJames 11:28 am 14 Dec 11

Again and again, it seems that scum people who upset the lives of others have more “rights” than anyone else. I’m sick of this. Why do we pay so much tax for the government to provide this myriad of laws and people to enforce them, when people who really affect others can get away with it?

Bikenut 10:57 am 14 Dec 11

Housing are the most usless bunch of gutter rats I’ve come accross. The fact that a majority of residents live in fear really says somthing for their style of 3rd world style of property management.
It would be nice to think that Housing would take some responsibility for their tenants rather than palm them off. Probably see pigs fly first.

Ian 10:42 am 14 Dec 11

Here’s an idea for public housing of scum. Put them all together in a big cluster of apartments, away from the rest of the community. Then build a big fence around it, with guards to keep them in. It’ll be an environment a lot of them will be familiar with, or if not yet, will help them acclimatise to their future home.

fragge 10:41 am 14 Dec 11

This is a damn shame. We live just around the corner from the shops and get the same types of jobless scum kids ride up and down the street on the reg; i think i see the same lowered vq commodore full of 18-20 year old losers drive slowly (<5km/h) past our house staring up at the windows at LEAST twice a day – now I'm going to have to guard our cat too. Its funny, these kids actually arrived at our house during a big party to try to gatecrash and start fights with us – they got to the front door and started making some of our friends uncomfortable, then crapped their pants and fell down the front stairs in fear (literally – it was priceless) when just ONE of us came outside to greet them with an unrelentingly strong handshake (he wouldn't let go of his hand hahahah). Goes to show how gutless these little tossers are, and throwing a cat off a balcony is the lowest of the low – try this kid as an adult, he's independent enough to have his own flat and make decisions about other sentient creatures' lives, surely the courts can make decisions about his "life".

Ben_Dover 10:34 am 14 Dec 11
schmeah 10:16 am 14 Dec 11

This post has made me incredibly sad.

There’s no execuse for ordinary people being terrorised in their own homes.The responsibility of ACT Housing is to provide safe and secure housing for all tenants, not just those with criminal tendancies.

Housing teenagers all manner of social problems in clusters is a recipe for disaster.

dpm 9:56 am 14 Dec 11

So depressing, This looks exactly like some of the posts that were made by local residents just before the horrific machete attack at on Northbourne (flats?) earlier this year. Those residents mentioned the same issues – basically lawlessness that no one (i.e authorities) were willing (or able) to do anything about. Look how that turned out….

EvanJames 9:42 am 14 Dec 11

How utterly bloody awful. And to have a loved pet tortured and terrorised like that, it’s beyond comprehension. Gee, maybe if they get a toddler and tie it up with cable ties and drop it off the balcony, will anyone do anything? This situation is so bizarre, you almost wonder if maybe they won’t.

Living with evil, vicious, criminal monkeys with no recourse to what passes for law in this town…is it any wonder that people who can are taking the law into their own hands?

Classified 9:27 am 14 Dec 11

Jungle Jim said :

Dilandach said :

Its a situation where you gather up all the people who are sick of it, go down to ACT housing while phoning ahead for a journalist to cover the responses.

…that or you gather up everyone who are sick of it and run them out of the complex…. or get someone else to ‘convince’ them to stop being asshats or leave.

There’s no justice like angry mob justice?

If that’s the only justice available…

Dilandach 9:22 am 14 Dec 11

Jungle Jim said :

Dilandach said :

Its a situation where you gather up all the people who are sick of it, go down to ACT housing while phoning ahead for a journalist to cover the responses.

…that or you gather up everyone who are sick of it and run them out of the complex…. or get someone else to ‘convince’ them to stop being asshats or leave.

There’s no justice like angry mob justice?

How’s doing things the ‘right’ way been working out? Should we ask cripple cat for its opinion?

Jungle Jim 9:11 am 14 Dec 11

Dilandach said :

Its a situation where you gather up all the people who are sick of it, go down to ACT housing while phoning ahead for a journalist to cover the responses.

…that or you gather up everyone who are sick of it and run them out of the complex…. or get someone else to ‘convince’ them to stop being asshats or leave.

There’s no justice like angry mob justice?

Dilandach 9:04 am 14 Dec 11

Its a situation where you gather up all the people who are sick of it, go down to ACT housing while phoning ahead for a journalist to cover the responses.

…that or you gather up everyone who are sick of it and run them out of the complex…. or get someone else to ‘convince’ them to stop being asshats or leave.

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