Spider killing attempt mistaken for case of domestic abuse

  • 27/11/2015

Police arriving at a property in Sydney were expecting to intervene in a case of domestic violence after receiving calls from concerned neighbours.

A woman had been heard screaming hysterically with a man yelling  "I'm going to kill you, you're dead. Die, die", police had been told.

When they arrived at the address in Wollstonecraft on Sunday to investigate, the conversation officers had with the occupant – as recounted on the Harbourside LAC – NSW Police Force Facebook page  - revealed things weren't quite as they seemed.

Police: "Where’s your wife?"

Male: "Umm, I don’t have one"

Police: "Where your girlfriend?"

Male: "Umm, I don’t have one"

Police: "We had a report of a domestic and a women screaming, where is she?"

Male: "I don’t know what you’re talking about, I live alone"

Police: "Come on mate, people clearly heard you yelling you were going to kill her and furniture getting thrown around the unit"

At this point the male became very sheepish.

Police: "Come on mate, what have you done to her?"

Male: "It was a spider"

Police "Sorry??"

Male: "It was a spider, a really big one!!

Police: "What about the women screaming?"

Male: "Yeah sorry that was me, I really, really hate spiders".

Police said the man had been chasing a large spider around the unit with a can of Mortein.

A quick look around revealed there were no non-spider casualties and all involved had a good laugh over the incident, they said.

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