Garry and Malcolm Taylor were due to receive a third of the profits from the sale of their late mother’s home in the state’s north-west, but because of a will dispute with their sibling they decided to destroy the property with an excavator instead so she wouldn’t receive a cent.
The brothers travelled from Queensland to Murtoa, near Horsham, in March 2019 and filmed themselves using an excavator to raze the home the day before it was meant to go to auction.
During the 30-minute demolition, Malcolm Taylor texted his sister Kerrie-Ann saying “renovations have begun”.
Kerrie-Ann had been the carer for their mother Lois until she died in 2013, leaving Kerrie-Ann as the executor of her estate.
In trying to make sure their sister didn’t benefit from the property sale, the brothers also graffitied the walls of one room making it look like a crime scene.
The house was expected to sell for $99,000 but because of the damage done by the brothers, it ended up selling for just $7500.
Judge Michael Cahill described the excavation as a “senseless rampage”.
“You were laughing while you destroyed yours and your sister’s inheritance,” he said.
“Now the world is laughing at your stupidity.”
Prosecutors claim Malcolm Taylor is still not remorseful for his role in the demolition.
The two brothers appeared in court on video link from their hometown in Hervey Bay, Queensland.
They looked relieved when they were told they’d be avoiding jail, instead they were both convicted of property damage and fined $10,000 each.