The pensioner accused of threatening to kill pop star Guy Sebastian is accused of holding a hammer while telling the hitmaker ‘I’ll put a bullet in your head’.
But Phillip Hanslow, 66 – who faced court for the first time on Thursday, flanked by his terminally ill wife – disputes that and believes he actually said ‘one day someone will put a bullet in your head’.
Hanslow is accused of stalking and intimidating the pop star, and kicking over his fence during an incident on January 23, shortly after Sebastian returned from a holiday to Japan.
Police raided Hanslow’s home in the following days, arriving at the house while Mr Hanslow was on the toilet.
Hanslow arrested, charged and hit with an apprehended violence order to protect the hitmaker.
There was a media circus outside the court as Hanslow arrived on Thursday, helping his frail wife Carol out of their banged-up Ford F150 4WD and into a wheelchair.
He clutched an oxygen tank to help her breathe, and told Daily Mail Australia his neighbour was a ‘vengeful’ person.
‘He’s paranoid about security and has a large security camera outside so anywhere I go outside on the property, he can see…’ Mr Hanslow claimed.
‘We’re going to have to sell. We’re too old for this.’
The bitter row between Guy Sebastian, 41, wife Jules Egan, 43, and their neighbour Phillip Hanslow began in 2013 when the glamour couple bought a property in Maroubra in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for $3.1million
Mr Hanslow arrived at Waverley Local Court in his old Ford 4WD on Thursday morning, with his frail, terminally ill wife
Mr Hanslow got a wheelchair for his wife out of the boot, before he helped her out of the car and into the chair. Her breathing tube was visible
His wife wore an electronic pulse monitor on her finger, and expressed concerns that her heart rate was too high as they entered the courthouse.
The elderly couple waited outside the courtroom – Mrs Hanslow struggling with her breathing – for about an hour before their matter was heard.
When they finally entered a courtroom, the court officer raised his voice and said, ‘Whoever is responsible for that beeping, can you turn it off?’
Members of the public sitting in the gallery had to explain it was Mrs Hanslow’s pulse machine.
The court officer apologized, but the elderly woman felt self-conscious and turned the device off.
He did not enter a plea and his matter was adjourned until March 9. The AVO against him and his bail conditions were extended.
‘I tried to get legal aid to represent me [but[ there was no one available,’ Mr Hanslow told the court.
He also said he needed to go to hospital on February 16 to have his ‘infected bowel’ removed.
Outside court afterwards, Mr Hanslow was asked whether he was surprised to have been charged.
‘I’m surprised by the whole ordeal and I’m surprised the police even arrested me,’ he responded.
‘They broke into the back of the house, smashed down the door and came into the house while I was the toilet and arrested me and then took me off the police station and I spent six and half hours in the lockups over just a heated argument between the neighbor, which I think is really overboard.’
Mr Hanslow and his wife now live in a semi-derelict home in Carlton (pictured) after leaving the house they own next door to Guy Sebastian
Phillip Hanslow and his wife Carole have since moved out of their Maroubra home (shown on the right of Guy Sebastian’s imposing property)
The alleged incidents followed years of rising tensions between the neighbours.
A former builder, Mr Hanslow is alleged to have confronted Sebastian at the property and kicked down his fence.
Earlier, police took out an apprehended violence order against Mr Hanslow on Sebastian’s behalf, banning him from contacting the singer or setting foot on his property.
When Daily Mail Australia visited Mr Hanslow on January 25 he said the singer was ‘not a nice guy’, but added: ‘I’m seeking legal advice – that’s all I can say at the moment.’
The bitter row began in 2013 when Sebastian, 41, and wife Jules Egan, 43, bought a property in Maroubra in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for $3.1million.
But when they demolished it to build their sprawling new dream home, it triggered the epic feud between the Sebastians and Mr Hanslow.
Mr Hanslow claimed debris from the demolition damaged his home when a ‘brick missile’ smashed into an outside wall, narrowly missing his lounge window and his terminally-ill wife Carole, who was watching TV inside.
And he slammed the final design of the Sebastian’s new home as an ugly fortress for its imposing and windowless frontage, butting right up to the edge of his home.
Mr Hanslow has now been driven out of the home, which is believed to be owned by his wife Carol, and instead lives in a rundown dilapidated property in Carlton with his sick wife and their pet bird, Boo Boo.
But the former builder, who was forced to retire with fibromyalgia, still returns to his Maroubra home to work on renovations.
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