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Row with neighbour got out of control
12:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
A MAN threatened his neighbour with an airgun after an argument in the street got out of hand.
Peter Barrett, 66, of The Close, Hockley, lost his temper and became abusive towards an elderly neighbour, who he believes to be housing squatters.
As the row escalated on Friday, September 20, another neighbour, Michael Hood, came out of his house and was soon sworn at by Mr Barrett.
Leslie Chipps, prosecuting, told the court how Mr Barrett then grabbed an air rifle and was waving it around during the argument with Mr Hood.
Police were called and arrested Mr Barrett who was later interviewed.
He told officers he had no recollection of the event, adding that he could only apologise for his actions.
Yesterday at Southend Magistrates Court he pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour.
In mitigation duty solicitor Denise Amanning, said Mr Barrett admitted he did exchange heated words with the complainant, and said he is thoroughly and utterly ashamed of his actions.
Miss Amanning added there was no history of antagonisation between the two parties, and asked magistrates to deal with the matter by way of community order.
Southend magistrates held the case back until later in the day so the probation could interview Mr Barrett and put a report together.
The report highlighted that Mr Barrett suffers from quite severe health issues, which include epilepsy and cataracts.
As a result, it was suggested unpaid work would not be suitable, because he also cares for his partner who has mobility issues.
Southend Magistrates described Mr Barrett’s actions as “quite nasty”, and ordered him to complete a four-month community order, where he will be fitted with an electronic tag and must remain at his address between the hours of 8am and 8pm.
He was also ordered to pay costs of £85
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