Brute bat­ters his neigh­bour

Man es­capes jail af­ter nasty as­sault

Ayrshire Post - - Education - Abi Smil­lie

A man landed in the dock for beat­ing up an­other in a neigh­bourly dis­pute.

Dar­ren Boyd, of Thornyflat Street in Ayr, ad­mit­ted to as­sault­ing David Mackie on July 22 this year at McLean Street in Ayr.

He also owned up to ut­ter­ing threats of vi­o­lence to­wards him.

Boyd ap­peared be­fore Sher­iff Scott Pat­ti­son at Ayr Sher­iff Court last week.

The court heard how the 31- yearold ‘ re­peat­edly punched’ Mr Mackie on the head.

De­pute Fis­cal An­drew Laz­zarin ex­plained: “At around 4pm, the com­plain­ers were at their home when they heard a noise and went to see what it was. There was a house­hold item ly­ing in the gar­den. They went to speak to the neigh­bour about why this was there.

“The ac­cused was in the neigh­bour’s house and as­saulted the com­plainer by re­peat­edly punch­ing him on the head.

“The com­plainer then went home and the ac­cused went back into the neigh­bour’s house. The po­lice were con­tacted and the com­plainer had a small cut on his lip - he was taken to A& E.

“Po­lice were un­able to find the ac­cused as he had left the neigh­bours house at that time.

“On an­other oc­ca­sion, it seems that the com­plain­ers were driv­ing to the lo­cus and the ac­cused was shout­ing to­wards them say­ing, “I am go­ing to kick your c** t in”.

“Po­lice were con­tacted again about these mat­ters.”

De­fend­ing Boyd, Tony Cur­rie added that Mr Mackie was the neigh­bour of his part­ner and there had been “on­go­ing is­sues” be­tween them.

He said: “These in­ci­dents were be­cause of his part­ner’s on­go­ing is­sues with the com­plainer.

“She was re­ceiv­ing on­go­ing com­plaints from them.

“He had been at his part­ner’s house at the mo­ment the com­plainer came to the door, who was kick­ing the door and was chal­leng­ing to­wards his part­ner.

“She was heav­ily preg­nant at the time.”

Mr Cur­rie added that there has been no fur­ther is­sues in the in­terim and the cou­ple are hop­ing to re­lo­cate.

Sher­iff Pat­ti­son said: “I was con­sid­er­ing send­ing you to jail - you need to know that this type of vi­o­lence can­not con­tinue.”

As an al­ter­na­tive to cus­tody, Sher­iff Pat­ti­son or­dered Boyd to carry out a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der with 180 hours of un­paid work to be com­pleted in nine months..

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