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SYDNEY, Australia -- A 66-year-old man was beaten to death
while watering his lawn following an argument with a neighbor over
the city's water restrictions, police and media said.
Todd Munter, 36, was charged with murdering Ken Proctor, who lived
on a nearby street in suburban Sylvania. Munter did not enter a plea
and it was not immediately known whether he had an attorney.
Munter, who appeared distraught and close to tears, was to remain
in custody until his next court appearance on Nov. 15.
Police prosecutor Sgt. Bruce Baldwin did not give details of the
Police alleged in a statement that Munter approached Proctor as he
watered his lawn with a hose at 5:30 p.m. and an argument ensued.
Television and radio news bulletins reported the argument was over
Sydney's water restrictions.
Proctor reportedly sprayed Munter with the hose. Police allege
Munter responded by punching and pushing Proctor to the ground and
An off-duty police officer intervened and arrested Munter, the
statement said. Proctor was taken by ambulance to hospital but died
soon after, police said.
Proctor was complying with Sydney's water restrictions when he was
killed. Watering with hand-held hoses is allowed on Wednesdays and
Sundays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
All major cities in Australia have water use restrictions as the
nation experiences its worst drought in a century.
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