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Man who threatened to kill neighbour sentenced

A man who threatened to kill his neighbour has been told he will be jailed if he commits any further offences.

John McCormick routinely caused trouble and was disruptive in the block of flats where he lived, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

But matters took a sinister turn when he brandished a 20cm chopping knife and told his neighbour he was going to kill him.

The commotion, which took place on a landing inside the block of flats in Newark Crescent, Sneinton, was witnessed by the victim’s partner, who was left “terrified” by the incident on 23 June 2019.

Police were called and McCormick was arrested.

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He was charged with affray and the case was going through the courts when a second incident took place on 18 October 2020.

This time, another neighbour opened his window to film McCormick’s disruptive behaviour, as he had been advised by the local authority to record any anti-social noise from McCormick.

When McCormick spotted the neighbour, he swore at him before threatening to burn down his flat.

McCormick was again arrested and charged with making a threat to damage property.

The 59-year-old appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday (13 January 2023) after pleading guilty to affray in relation to the first incident.

He was jailed for eight months, suspended for two years. A judge told him the sentence will be activated if he commits any further offences.

A second count of threatening to damage or destroy property will lie on file.

Following the sentencing, PC Man Wong, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This kind of behaviour is utterly unacceptable and will always bring with it a very swift police response.

“I am pleased that McCormick has been dealt with by the courts and hope this experience will give him the motivation he needs to control his temper.”

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