Man's attempt to kill spider mistaken for domestic dispute

SYDNEY police responding to calls of a domestic violence incident arrived to find an unexpected victim - a spider.

The officers rushed to an apartment around 2am Sunday after receiving reports of a woman screaming hysterically, a man yelling "I'm going to kill you, you're dead! Die, die," and sounds of furniture being thrown around.

According to the Harbourside LAC - NSW Police Force Facebook page a man answered the door out of breath and flushed.

"Where's your wife?" one of the officers asked.

"Umm I don't have one," the man responded.

"Where's your girlfriend?" the officer then pressed.

"Umm I don't have one," the man responded again.

When police told the man they were responding to reports of domestic abuse and a woman screaming he said he didn't know what they were talking about as he lived alone.

"Come on mate people clearly heard you yelling, you were going to kill her," one of the officers asked. "Come on mate, what have you done with her?"

"It was a spider" the man responded. "A really big one."

Police then pushed him to explain the reports of a woman screaming.

"Yeh sorry that was me, I really, really hate spiders."

The commotion that sparked the calls turned out to be the man chasing the spider around the apartment with a can of insect spray.

After a quick inspection of the unit to ensure there were no injured parties, other than the spider, the officers left the slightly embarrassed man in peace.


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