Rothesay ‘nightmare neighbour’ convicted of threatening behaviour

Rothesay Sheriff Court sits each Monday at Argyll and Bute Council's premises at Eaglesham House.
Rothesay Sheriff Court sits each Monday at Argyll and Bute Council's premises at Eaglesham House.

A Rothesay man was described as “a nightmare neighbour” at the town’s sheriff court this week after being convicted of shouting, uttering threats and gesticulating towards a man living downstairs from his home.

Ian Mooney had denied behaving in a manner likely to cause fear and alarm by giving a V-sign to his neighbour and telling him “you’re dead, you f*****g poof”, or similar on August 4.

The neighbouring couple, Duncan and Marion McGregor, both told the court on Monday that Mooney had gesticulated and made the threat after police were called to investigate a report by the McGregors that the lock on their front door had been Superglued.

Mooney (34), whose address was given as 24 Longhill Terrace, admitted using the front garden of his downstairs neighbours regularly to visit his friend in an adjacent property.

The court heard there had been ill-feeling between Mooney and the McGregors since he had moved into the property only a few months previously, but Mooney’s partner and the woman living next door to the McGregors both told the court they hadn’t heard Mooney make any threats on the date of the incident.

However, Sheriff Ruth Anderson told Mooney she had “absolutely no doubt” of his guilt.

Deferring sentence for an initial period of six weeks for good behaviour, the sheriff observed: “He [Mooney] must be a nightmare neighbour, and I have a great deal of sympathy with Mr and Mrs McGregor.”

* A Rothesay man who breached a condition of bail by approaching his son in the town’s High Street on August 30 was jailed for five months on Monday.

Michael Mitchell (32), address given as 2/1, 103 Montague Street, pleaded guilty to breaching bail imposed at Greenock Sheriff Court only a day before the offence; Mitchell also admitted assaulting a police officer after being arrested in respect of the bail breach.

* Thomas Connor (64), address given as Bruchag Lodge, Kingarth, was banned from driving for a year and fined £300 after admitting a drink-driving charge at Rothesay Sheriff Court on Monday.

Connor supplied two positive breath tests and a blood sample after being stopped by police in Ascog on the morning of May 3; the latter sample gave a reading of 92 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood, the legal limit being 80mg.