Noisy drinker seized neighbour by the throat

A BOOZY man grabbed his next door neighbour by the throat and punched him in a dispute over noise, magistrates heard.

Victim Robert Hoole told police loud music, sometimes late into the night, was a problem from Nigel Scothern’s semi-detached home.

He could feel vibrations from the music next door and, at 11.20pm on November 19, he went round to complain.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, said a row blew up outside and Scothern, aged 39, was ‘in Mr Hoole’s face’.

She added: “He then grabbed the complainant around the throat and shoved him up against the wall of the house.

“The complainant lost his balance and fell backwards and may have caught the defendant with his leg or arm. He was then punched under the eye.”

Mr Hoole pushed Scothern away but was again grabbed by the throat. Scothern’s partner then appeared and told him to stop.

Scothern was arrested and told police Mr Hoole behaved aggressively towards him and ‘got too close’. He pushed Mr Hoole away and was struck in the groin.

He apologised for the attack, saying he had drunk two bottles of wine and lost his temper.

Scothern, of Walton Crescent, Boythorpe, Chesterfield, admitted assault. He had no previous convictions. Chesterfield magistrates fined him £165 and ordered him to pay £150 compensation, with £35 costs.

“He is appalled at what happened. There has been a long-running disagreement between the neighbours,” said Jon Barber, for Scothern.

“It is frustrating for Mr Scothern because the neighbour complains each time any sound transfers between the wall. He even complains when their TV is on.”

Mr Barber added: “Relations between the neighbours are now at an all-time low.”