I was working on a property, when the neighbour squirted me in the face with a hose. It was to do with a dispute over a

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Customer: I was working on a property, when the neighbour squirted me in the face with a hose. It was to do with a dispute over a tree. The tree is on his property, and i now know that we weren't supposed to dig under the trees roots, as it is a significant tree(i was not actually on site when the guy dug it out but had just returned when the neighbour angrily told is to stop). The digger driver (not me) stopped as soon as we realised this. It was after we had stopped and the digger driver was covering up the roots, when the neighbour squirted ud both with full pressure from his garden hose i was near the fence and he got me right in the face, from point blank. I wasnt even doing any of the digging myself. I called the police about it but they didn't seem to care, they didn't give me a case number ***** anything, they said they might go and talk to him. The neighbour is quite well known down here and he actually ran for mayor in the last election. The council are dealing with the tree, they have shut down the site and they have warned the property owner that she may get fined for the excavation. My first question is, Will i get fined for any of this, its not my property, and i didn't do the digging. I am managing the job i guess but the digger driver was not subcontracting to me?
JA: What steps have you taken so far? Have you prepared or filed any paperwork?
Customer: The second question is, Although no one seems to care about me being hosed in the face, and i can it has a comedic element. The problem is that i am working live power on the job site, and this not immediately noticeable to someone squirting over the fence, It is a huge safety concern, it could take someone's life. and actually has me wondering if landscaping was the right career choice
JA: Where is the property located?
Customer: Roslyn, Dunedin
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I think that is all
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I think it is unlikely that you would get prosecuted for the excavation and removal of the roots, because if you are just the landscaper organising the work, and you were not told about the issue with the tree, then it is most likely to be the neighbour or the digger driver who would be prosecuted, if the Council considers a prosecution is necessary. If the neighbour continued to do things like squirt the hose while you were working with live talks, that would be a criminal offence on his part.

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