Neighbours fear Bird s return

Former neighbours of a Perth man who beat drug trafficking charges in Malaysia say they will consider selling their homes if Dominic Bird moves back into their street.

Residents of Reeves Entrance in Success told The Weekend West they were dreading Mr Bird's expected arrival back in Perth - accusing the 34-year-old of making their lives hell before his ill-fated move to Kuala Lumpur in late 2011.

He was due to arrive in Perth this afternoon but failed to board the AirAsia flight that was booked for him by his lawyer. It is not known if he is still in Malaysia, has flown to another destination or is arriving on a later flight.

Mr Bird said after his court win on Wednesday he planned to return to live in his old home, which is owned by his father Clayton.

Court records show Mr Bird has previously had violence restraining orders taken out against him.

Others recalled regular all-night parties, bikies hanging around their street and noisy domestic disputes, which included an alleged incident where a young woman ran down the street in the middle of the night banging on doors for help.

Another resident said children had found an unexploded Molotov cocktail in a park near Mr Bird's home a day after it was the target of a firebomb attack in 2010.

And days after his arrest in Malaysia in 2012, the home had R.I.P. sprayed across the garage door.

"All of us are very apprehensive and feeling on edge about him coming home again," a resident said on the condition her name was not published.

"I know people here who have told me they are thinking of selling up. When he was here, we were scared. We didn't want our children to play in the park."

Mr Bird was found not guilty of drug trafficking in Malaysia, but was jailed in Perth in 2003 for possessing 9g of methylamphetamine.

The former Fremantle Christian Brothers College student served a year before being paroled. In 2010 his home was raided again by police, but no charges were laid.

Mr Bird did not respond to a request for an interview yesterday.

But when asked about his past after his acquittal on Wednesday, Mr Bird said he was now a legitimate business operator and was looking forward to getting on with his life.

"It was 15 years ago, mate," he said of his drug conviction in 2003.

"People always dig up whatever they can just to put a few words on paper and to get their ratings up.

"What happened here (in Malaysia) has taken away 2 1/2 years of my life. I can't get those years back but what I can do is continue to build on what I was building on before."

He is due in Perth about 2.30pm.

The West Australian

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