Man arrested, charged over bizarre “boat rage” attack in Adelaide

A 61-YEAR-OLD MAN has been arrested and charged with threatening his fishing buddy with a machete and slashing his car tyres before sinking his tinny in a bizarre and terrifying case of “boat rage” in Adelaide.

The dramatic scenes played out at the Garden Island boat ramp in the city’s north shortly after 2am this morning.

Police said the man threatened his victim with a garden hoe and a machete before using the garden tool to stab more than 30 holes in the victim’s tin boat, causing it to sink.


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Police said the two men had known each other for around 15 years and had a falling out during a recent fishing trip.

Before the attack at the boat ramp, the 61-year-old man allegedly attended the victim’s home in Mansfield Park and slashed the tyres on his car and boat trailer.

Fortunately, no one was physically injured during either incident.

The 61-year-old man was arrested at the scene and later charged with unlawful threats, assault and three counts of property damage.

He has been refused police bail and is expected to appear in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday.