Drunken neighbour from hell threatened to ‘slice up’ residents after booze session
A drunken Solihull neighbour from hell is facing jail for threatening to ‘slice up’ residents after downing seven pints.
Timothy Coldwell told them: “I am going to kill you all” after returning to his flat following several days away to find police had been inside.
He unleashed a torrent of expletives inside the property before punching the walls.
And Coldwell pointed one neighbour out and ranted: “That c***. I am going to f****** kill him.”
He dismissed the claims as “twaddle” as he stood trial at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.
But the 53-year-old was convicted of two counts of of using threatening/abusive/insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear.
A judge told him he could be jailed when he returned to court to be sentenced.
Jeanette Stevenson, prosecuting, said Coldwell flew into a rage after ending his bender and returning to his council flat in Warmley Close on the evening of July 3 this year.
The court heard he discovered it in a state of disarray.
Ms Stevension said a neighbour told Coldwell that police had been inside following concerns someone had broken in and the keys had been taken to a police station.
Coldwell became aggressive, shouting “f****** b******* and claiming police had left the flat untidy.
He unleashed a torrent of expletives inside his flat before punching the walls.
The neighbour’s girlfriend said she heard a man shouting and hurling abuse and saw Coldwell in the communal garden.
She said: “I was hearing a lot of shouting and banging and became concerned for Peter.
“I saw him (Coldwell) and asked what was wrong.
“He said: ‘The state of my flat when I came back was a mess.’
“He was getting very angry and started shouting and swearing.
“He then said: “I am going to kill you all’. I felt terrified.”
Resident Stephen Fisher also came into contact with Coldwell in the garden.
He told the court: “He was shouting: ‘I am going to slice people up. I am going to kill people’.
“He then saw me and pointed and said: ‘That c*** i am going to *f****** kill him.’
“I believe from his demeanour he had been drinking.”
Police arrived and arrested Coldwell.
Giving evidence, Pc Jessica Whitehurst said: “He was angry and had a clenched fist.
“He kicked something, maybe a bag at my colleague Pc White.
“He was shouting, saying police had left his flat in a mess.
“He was spitting and was aggressive so we handcuffed him and arrested him.”
Coldwell told police he couldn’t remember anything because he had been drinking.
But, giving evidence in court, he claimed he could recall the incident.
Coldwell told the court he had seven pints during the day at pubs in Solihull then returned to his flat.
He denied using any abusive language against his neighbours, saying they had made it up.
He said: “It is all a load of twaddle.
“I had been drinking but I remember everything that happened.
“I came back to watch the England game but I did not say those things. It did not happen.”
District Judge Jan Jellema found him guilty of both charges.
It was also revealed Coldwell had pleaded guilty to one charge of arson after setting fire to a 30ft conifer tree in the communal garden, owned by Solihull Council on June 30.
He had also pleaded guilty to assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty by kicking an officer.
The jude said: “I want to find out more about the defendant before sentencing him so I want a pre-sentence report to be prepared.
“I am looking at the possibility of handing out a criminal behaviour order and all sentencing options will be considered, including custody.”
Speaking after the case, resident Mr Fisher, who filmed a bare-chested Coldwell pointing and ranting at him, said: “We have been putting up with Mr Coldwell’s anti-social behaviour for years.
“This includes ripping out shrubs in the communal garden while shouting obscenities at the council and lying drunk in the middle of the road with cars driving around him.
“We are all relieved he has been convicted.”
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