Loud music at night led to neighbours' conflict, court hears
BAD feeling between two neighbours over loud music at night turned nasty when one of them angrily stormed round to confront the other, Grimsby magistrates heard.
The volume on the dispute was dramatically turned up when Andrew Graham drunkenly started throwing punches at his neighbour, the court was told.
Graham, 43, of Hey Street, Cleethorpes, admitted assaulting Paul Copley and damaging a door panel, belonging to him, on November 2.
Debbie Sanders, prosecuting, said Mr Copley, 64, heard loud music and loud voices coming from Graham's home.
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There had been previous problems over loud music.
The music continued blaring out until about 5am and Mr Copley did not get much sleep.
He later went to work but, when he arrived home at about 6pm, the music started again.
Mr Copley tried to ignore it but later went over to speak to Graham.
He went inside Graham's home and found him asleep on a sofa. Another man was also there.
Mr Copley returned to his home but later heard banging noises at the door.
He saw a door panel "fly across" the kitchen and Graham stormed inside, looking very angry. Graham swore and asked him: "What do you think you are doing coming into my house?"
He swung punches at Mr Copley but none of them landed.
Mr Copley grabbed a rolling pin to defend himself.
Graham later rated himself, on a scale of drunkenness, as 11 out of 10.
Graham Ives, mitigating, said Graham wanted to do his best to make sure there were no further problems between him and his neighbour.
"He had far too much to drink during the day," said Mr Ives.
Graham remembered "mouthing off" at Mr Copley in the neighbour's kitchen and "swinging his arms around" but there was no contact at all.
Graham ended up with blood running from his head after suffering an injury during the confrontation, but he could not remember how it happened, said Mr Ives.
Graham was given an 18-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £75 compensation, £85 costs and a Government-imposed £15 victims' surcharge.