Man uses selfie stick on Kirribilli neighbour causing dispute

A selfie stick taped to a pole, a young woman exercising in active wear and ‘drive-by surveillance’: Inside the bitter dispute between neighbours with million-dollar views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

  • A young woman claimed her neighbour was filming her via a phone on a stick
  • ‘Angelica’, 25, told police she felt violated by her neighbour, 47, a father of two 
  • The lawyer said he was filming the building’s brickwork to check for damage
  • He said dispute was since 2016 and was really over unfinished construction work

A young woman living in an exclusive water-front Sydney apartment building has claimed her neighbour was filming her as she exercised via a phone taped to a selfie stick he held outside her balcony.

But Phillip Manwarring, a 47-year-old lawyer and father-of-two who lives below, said he was just filming the building’s deteriorating brickwork to check for damage.

The dispute has since escalated to a police investigation with neither neighbour prepared to continue living next to the other. 

A young woman living in an exclusive water-front Sydney apartment building has claimed her neighbour – a 47-year-old lawyer and father of two – was filming her via a camera taped to a stick he held outside her balcony

The 25-year-old woman, who has asked to be identified as Angelica, said she saw a camera peering from the balcony (pictured) as she exercised in sportswear in her Kirribilli apartment

The 25-year-old woman, who has asked to be identified as Angelica, said she saw a camera peering from the balcony as she exercised in sportswear in her Kirribilli apartment on the afternoon of May 2, the Daily Telegraph reported. 

‘Out of the corner of my eye I saw a wooden pole — with a selfie stick taped to it with masking tape and a smartphone attached to it — come up from below my balcony between the glass handrail and wooden privacy screen,’ she told Ryde police.

‘I was shocked to see this and jumped up, grabbed my shirt off the lounge and hid behind a wall where I thought the smartphone might not be able to see me while I put my shirt back on,’ she told the Telegraph.

 Mr Manwarring said the dispute had been ongoing since 2016 was really over unfinished construction work to fix a botched renovation from 18 months ago

But Mr Manwarring said the dispute had been ongoing since 2016 was really over unfinished construction work to fix a botched renovation from 18 months ago.

The father of two said he had asked 19 times for ­access to Angelica’s apartment to complete the work but her family who owns the apartment had refused.

With a delay in fixing the exterior brickwork, Mr Manwarring said the property they shared was deteriorating. 

He said an engineer appointed by the OC, together with his own engineer and builders, supervised him in ­assisting to film the external walls of the apartment. They watched the footage live on a screen to check for damage.

Mr Manwarring said the hand-held camera device was used strictly for filming the building’s exterior brickwork as part of ongoing construction work and the footage ‘only shows the walls of the property’.

Four days after the filming, Angelica moved to her family’s new address in Henley but claims she saw Mr Manwarring’s car lurking outside (pictured)

Four days after the filming, Angelica moved to her family’s new address in Henley but claims she saw Mr Manwarring’s car outside.

‘I don’t know how Manwarring would know where I live in Henley,’ she told police.  

Knowing the family would be moving to the Henley property and after determining the renovations were a long way from completion, he decided to move his family from the Kirribilli apartment and to rent elsewhere. 

A police spokesman said no charges have been laid but both parties have moved from the Kirribilli address, while police have launched an ­investigation.

Mr Manwarring claimed he only drove past to check on the progress of the family’s renovations and wanted to confirm how long it would take until completion as the ‘ongoing antagonism’ to him and his family was too much to tolerate for much longer. 

A police spokesman said no charges have been laid but both parties have moved from the Kirribilli address, while police have launched an ­investigation

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