Claims that duo attacked neighbours are dismissed
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