Noisy neigh­bour drove Air­drie man to end of his tether

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An Air­drie man who held two ham­mers up in front of po­lice of­fi­cers and threat­ened to force en­try into a neigh­bour’s house has been ad­mon­ished in court.

Ray­mond Jack, 48, phoned po­lice on March 25 af­ter reach­ing the end of his tether with a par­tic­u­lar neigh­bour who reg­u­larly played loud mu­sic and hosted par­ties into the early hours of the morn­ing.

Frus­trated Jack, of West Kirk Street, had pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to the charge and last week re­turned to Air­drie Sher­iff Court af­ter be­ing given three months to show he could be of good be­hav­iour.

Re­fer­ring to the March in­ci­dent, the procu­ra­tor fis­cal said:“It was around 11.20pm when the ac­cused phoned po­lice about a neigh­bour playing loud mu­sic.

“While on the phone, the ac­cused said that he would force en­try to the prop­erty with ham­mers if some­thing wasn’t done.

“Po­lice at­tended and on arrival met the ac­cused who said he was ex­as­per­ated by the num­ber of par­ties tak­ing place.

“He also ex­plained that he had phoned nu­mer­ous times about the sit­u­a­tion prior to the lat­est phone call.

“He re­turned in­side and as po­lice vis­ited and then left the res­i­dence in ques­tion, they were met by the ac­cused on a path out­side.

“He held up two ham­mers and said,‘see, I mean it’!

“He was ar­rested and taken to Coat­bridge po­lice of­fice.”

Af­ter lis­ten­ing the fis­cal’s nar­ra­tion, Sher­iff O’Car­roll said:“This puts ex­tra meat on the bones then.”

In mit­i­ga­tion, Jack’s de­fence solic­i­tor said:“The po­lice were about to leave when he drew at­ten­tion to the mat­ter.

“He has no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and if he re­ally did mean it he would have car­ried out his threat.

“My client was demon­strat­ing his frus­tra­tion.

“He felt that it wasn’t be­ing taken se­ri­ously and there was never any danger of him ac­tu­ally do­ing any­thing.”

The solic­i­tor added:“He’s got a fright from all of this as he was just show­ing his ex­as­per­a­tion.

“He’s a man who is on the right side of the law and works for the fire brigade.

“Since 2015 he has made about 20 phone calls re­gard­ing the sit­u­a­tion and had just be­come fed up.”

Ad­dress­ing Jack, Sher­iff Derek O’Car­roll said:“The cir­cum­stances here are fairly un­usual.

“There is a right and wrong way of do­ing things.

“What you did in this in­stance, well, it was the wrong way.

“You had been go­ing through the proper chan­nels but this is con­cern­ing.

“How­ever, I ac­cept you were at the end of your pa­tience and acted un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally.

“I hope that you learn your les­son and no sim­i­lar episodes of this na­ture oc­cur.

“I think what you have been through with re­gards to a night in the cells, all the court dates and stress, is pun­ish­ment enough.

“You are ad­mon­ished and dis­missed.”

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