A DISABLED man used a table leg to threaten his neighbour in a late-night argument.
Kevin Sadler and several members of his family were involved in the dispute, Durham Crown Court heard.
“It is not entirely clear what set this off,” said Stephen Duffield, prosecuting.
“Kevin Sadler became involved when he produced a table leg and offered to fight the neighbour.
“No violence took place between the two, but Sadler did strike two cars belonging to the neighbour.
“Damage was caused to the door of one car, and the bonnet of the other.”
Sadler, 55, of Elliot Road, Peterlee, admitted two charges of damaging property, and one charge of threatening behaviour, all on September 23.
The court heard he has a ‘significant’ criminal record going back to 1973.
Jane Waugh, defending, said: “Mr Sadler’s record is a bad one, but most of the offences were a long time ago.
“He is now not a well man, having suffered two heart attacks in recent years.
“Mr Sadler’s wife is also disabled.
“They survive on benefits of £821 a month, out of which they have to pay the mortgage and all household expenses.”
The Recorder, Mr Robert Adams, conditionally discharged Sadler for 18 months, and ordered him to pay £315 in compensation and costs.
Recorder Adams told Sadler: “Whatever the rights and wrongs of the dispute, your behaviour that night was a disgrace.
“In determining the sentence, I bear in mind there is usually fault on both sides in cases such as this.
“You are clearly not a well man, so unpaid work is out of the question.
“However, you can pay some compensation and costs.”
The table leg was confiscated and will be destroyed.