11.07.2018 at 20:09
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Agents Trade Assault And Death Threat Allegations

Two competing Melbourne-area agents had an altercation at an appraisal.

Mr Suneet Kumar is with Stockdale & Leggo Laverton. Mr Vikram Pal is at Ace Real Estate.

According to a witness, Mr Kumar was finishing up an appraisal in Laverton and was out front of the property, which is valued at about $700,000.

At that point Mr Pal parked his vehicle in front of Mr Kumar's.

Mr Pal got out of his vehicle and approached Mr Kumar, accusing him of trying to steal clients.

According to the witness:

"The accused then grabbed the victim by the collar, raised a clenched fist over his shoulder and said ‘I will kill you, you don’t know how powerful I am’.

"The victim then told the accused to step back and leave him alone."

Mr Kumar reported the incident to the Altona North police station.

In an interview, Mr Pal denied doing anything wrong. He said he did not in fact grab Mr Kumar by the shirt and tie, or call him "a mother---er."

Then Mr Kumar posted on Facebook that Mr Pal "could not handle competition and chose this as an easy solution to shut me down.”

Mr Pal in turn claimed the Facebook post was defamatory and filed civil proceedings against Mr Kumar accordingly with the County Court.

At about that time Mr Kumar applied for an intervention order restraining Mr Pal from contact.

Neither the criminal proceeding against Mr Pal or the civil proceeding against Mr Kumar ever made it to court.

Due to inconsistencies in the evidence, police dropped the criminal charges against Pal.

The application for intervention order was scheduled to be heard the same day, but was withdrawn by Mr Kumar.

Before the defamation action came to trial, Mr Pal and Mr Kumar settled for a sum that remains undisclosed.

At that point Mr Kumar published a retraction of his Facebook post, but did not apologise.

Photo: Left, Mr Suneet "Sunny" Kumar. Right, Mr Vikram Pal


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