A noisy neighbour who had been banned from making excessive sounds from his Musselburgh home landed back in court after he breached the order.
James Short (53) had been made the subject of an ASBO at Haddington Sheriff Court on May 16, 2011, effectively banning him from shouting, screaming, swearing, slamming doors and making banging noises at his previous home at Bellfield Court, Musselburgh.
But Short admitted to breaching the court order by shouting and swearing at the address on April 25, 2013, and appeared at Haddington Sheriff Court for sentencing on Wednesday.
Short,20H Lochend Road North,had appeared from custody on April 26 and was subsequently released.
Depute fiscal Kirsty Anderson told the court: “It had started at 6pm when one of the witnesses went out and came back at 9pm and the noise was still ongoing.”
Solicitor Robert Lowe told the court Short, who has since moved house, had “no differences with his new neighbours”, and he was “not abusing alcohol in the way he once was”.
Sheriff Kenneth Hogg said: “Neighbour disputes are very unfortunate. People get very upset due to stupidity and the fact of the matter is that people do not think about their neighbours.
“But you are meant to think about your neighbours and not act in the fashion you have.”
Sheriff Hogg ordered Short to carry out 70 hours of unpaid work.
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