Toilet paper sparks axe attack Scales of Justice

A Hobart man jailed for bashing a toddler two years ago was back in court yesterday after attacking an acquaintance with an axe.

The Supreme Court heard it was toilet paper, or rather the lack thereof, that prompted the fight in October last year.

Nathan Thomas Charles Howlett, 22, and the victim were at a Kingston house when the victim used the toilet.

Discovering there was no toilet paper, the man utilised a rag.

Howlett appeared soon after with a roll of toilet paper but it was too late.

On realising he had used the rag, Howlett became enraged and a scuffle ensued in the hallway. A woman approached the fighting men carrying an axe.

It’s generally not a good idea to introduce an axe when there’s a fight going on, Justice Alan Blow said — via

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