A DRUNKEN man who shouted abuse at his neighbour in Westward Ho! has been given a community order for using threatening and abusive language.
George Sykes, of Atlantic Way, was arrested on July 20 when police were called to reports of a disturbance at Braddicks Holiday Centre in the village.
He pleaded guilty to the charge at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on August 9.
Sonia Croft, for the prosecution, said it was clear to police officers Sykes, 21, was drunk when they arrived.
He was told to calm down, but refused, continuing to shout abuse even after being arrested.
She said: “Ultimately he was taken to the floor, but carried on shouting threats and abuse at the other man.”
The case was adjourned until Friday for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Sykes, who has previous convictions for assault and being drunk and disorderly.
On Friday, Lyndsey Baker, for the prosecution, again outlined the offence for magistrates and told the bench how Sykes appeared to be “roaring and growling” when police arrived at the scene.
Sykes, who represented himself, told magistrates he had been drunk when he became aggressive.
“I’m sorry,” he said. “I drink because my mum’s got cancer, but I know it’s not an excuse.”
After hearing from the probation service, presiding magistrate Jane Kivlin opted to give Sykes a six-month community order with an alcohol specified activity requirement.
He was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £30 costs.