Claims that duo at­tacked neigh­bours are dis­missed

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Twins walked free from court af­ter be­ing ac­cused of vault­ing a fence and bat­ter­ing their neigh­bours in a back gar­den rammy about bark­ing dogs.

Paul and Craig Dil­lon, 38, had been charged with hit­ting ex-boxer Ni­cholas Smith, 35, with a stool and at­tack­ing his brother, David Smith.

The twins’ pal Robert Kier­nan, 53, had also been ac­cused of crack­ing dad Jim Smith, 59, with a tyre iron.

All three were ac­quit­ted dur­ing a trial at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court this week.

Se­cu­rity guard Ni­cholas claimed a row was sparked when Paul’s girl­friend com­plained about the noise of his fam­ily’s pets and called her part­ner.

Mr Smith said: “I was in the gar­den build­ing a shelf us­ing my dad’s tools and spare wood for a fish tank.

“My mum and dad have two dogs, they’re white Ger­man shep­herds.

“The bitch doesn’t like me, she goes off her head bark­ing at me.

“The next door neigh­bour came out shout­ing and bawl­ing at my wee brother.

“He was in the gar­den try­ing to help me out.

“I just said ‘shut it’ at my wee brother be­cause he was about to say some­thing.

“She then took her abuse out on me ver­bally. It was along the lines of, ‘who do you think you are talk­ing to, you fat b*****d?’ “I re­sponded with, ‘shut up’. “She kept com­ing out and shout­ing abuse and was on the phone at one point.

“She was like, ‘you’ll need to come deal with him’.”

Ni­cholas’ brother Peter Smith, 28, claimed he was in the gar­den at the time and an ar­gu­ment erupted over a mis­un­der­stand­ing.

He in­sisted Paul and Craig, of Gree­nend Av­enue, John­stone, climbed into their gar­den and at­tacked dad Jim, as well as Ni­cholas and me­chanic brother David, 31.

The court heard Kier­nan lived on the same street and ap­peared shortly af­ter bran­dish­ing a wheel brace.

But Ni­cholas ad­mit­ted he was un­sure the man had even been there.

He claimed he was punched in the eye by one of the broth­ers, while the other grabbed Jim and pressed him against a wall.

Ni­cholas main­tained it only stopped when they were able to force the neigh­bours back over the fence and into their own gar­den.

De­fence lawyer Andy Bro­phy told the court it was his client Craig and his brother who were at­tacked.

He in­sisted they were tar­geted be­cause they had made com­plaints to hous­ing chiefs about their neigh­bours.

Mr Bro­phy says their gar­den was in­vaded af­ter they had asked for the racket of power tools and bark­ing dogs to stop.

Ni­cholas ad­mit­ted he “sees red” when he loses his tem­per in a “fit of ag­gres­sion” and does not feel pain when he is in a rage.

He added: “You could prob­a­bly poke me with a hot poker.”

Paul and Craig had been charged with as­sault­ing Ni­cholas and hit­ting him on the body with a stool dur­ing a fight at his home in Pais­ley’s Dalskeith Av­enue around 3pm on June 25.

David claimed he was punched on the body.

Jim claimed Kier­nan had struck him with a tyre iron dur­ing the row.

But pros­e­cu­tors dropped all charges against the trio.

Sher­iff Tom McCart­ney told the men they were free to leave.

He said: “The Crown is not seek­ing con­vic­tion and you will be ac­quit­ted.”

Ac­quit­ted Craig Dil­lon

Free to go Paul Dil­lon

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