Lawn-watering Pursuit Can Kill

Yes, watering your lawn can kill, especially when you're in Australia as water conservation is a serious business at this time and season of the year. Police and media said Thursday that while watering his lawn a 66-year-old man, name withheld, was punched to death by another man, 36-year-old whose name is also on hold, in an altercation over Sydney's water restrictions that allows watering only on Wednesdays and Sundays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

While the victim was watering his lawn in southern Sydney with a hand-held hose at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday the younger man approached the older man and an argument heated up.

Media reported the victim sprayed the younger man with the hose in an argument over Sydney's water restrictions. Police said the younger man reacted by bashing and pushing the older man to the ground and kicking him. An off-duty police officer intervened and arrested the younger man and the older man was taken by ambulance to the hospital but died soon after.

The old man was complying with Sydney's water restrictions when he was killed. The alleged killer charged with murder following the fatal argument Wednesday will appear in a Sydney court Thursday, police said.

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