The attempted murder charges arose out of an attack on two South Gippsland Shire Council staff members, on Monday morning, May 25 last year, when Matthew Patterson and Justin Eades, arrived to inspect some illegally constructed sheds on the man’s property.
It was alleged during the trial that Black had been given several extensions of time to achieve compliance but, having failed to fully comply with council directives, the sheds, which were in part used as a residence, were to be demolished on May 25.
Black attacked the men while they were inside one of the sheds on the property with a 670cm piece of scaffolding pipe, hitting both men in the head on several occasions.
The men defended themselves and escaped, only to be pursued by Black.
Patterson later required six stitches to a 5cm wound in his head, no stitches to a 3cm wound and one stitch in a 1cm wound.
Justin Eades injuries were more extensive and have caused on-going health problems. He sustained a fractured skull and bruising and blood clots on the brain which placed pressure on his brain. He was admitted to the Alfred Hospital on May 25 and not discharged until June 5, 2015.
The accused man was also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice for attempting to dispose of evidence associated with the case, the work boots which were allegedly worn during the attack and also allegedly used while digging an excavation on a site nearby. The defence however maintained Black didn’t dig the ‘grave’ like hole.
He was however convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The jury was discharged and Black was remanded in custody to await sentencing on Thursday, August 11, 2016.