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Man targeted by vandals

Thursday, 7th April, 2011

MISTAKEN IDENTITY: BigW Manager Peter Simmons’ property has come under sustained attack by vandals. He believes the attacks were aimed at the former owner of the house he is now renting MISTAKEN IDENTITY: BigW Manager Peter Simmons’ property has come under sustained attack by vandals. He believes the attacks were aimed at the former owner of the house he is now renting

By Darrin Manuel

A case of mistaken identity has seen a local man targeted by one of the city's slowest vandals.

Big W Manager Peter Simmons awoke yesterday morning to find his cars badly vandalised, with one covered in obscene insults.

Mr Simmons moved to the city from Adelaide 12 months ago and is renting a house in Morgan Street. He said he believed the attacks were aimed at the property's former owner.

"It looks like some people are a bit slow and think he still owns this place... I don't think he has owned it for years," said Mr Simmons.

"It happened at around 3.10 in the morning. A lady across the road was woken up by her dog and she said she saw someone shoot off down the street."

It is the second attack on Mr Simmons' property in as many months.

In February the rear window of his Mini was smashed and had to be sent to Adelaide for repair. The BMW hire car he was given in the interim had its side mirror ripped off in yesterday's attack, and all four tyres were let down.

His other car, a Ford Mondeo, also had its tyres let down, vile insults were scratched into the paintwork and windows, and it was covered in urine.

Mr Simmons said the attacks had started to take a toll on his family, and were most uncharacteristic of what he'd come to expect from the local community.

"I was a bit scared when I saw it, I suppose. I've lived in some of the worst areas of Adelaide and never had any damage like this done. 

"Then we come to the friendliest little town we've ever lived in and this happens.

"But my biggest concern isn't for myself, it's for my wife and my baby.

"She's worried about what will happen when I'm not here. She was very very upset and she doesn't want to be here anymore."

Mr Simmons said he hoped that the perpetrator would realise their mistake and leave his family in peace.

"In an ideal world someone would drop a note in to say sorry. Hopefully they read the BDT and realise it was a case of mistaken identity so my wife can feel safe."

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