Bury St Edmunds disabled man abused by hearing-impaired neighbour in loud music row

A man with hearing difficulties has been found guilty of abusing his disabled neighbour by threatening to cut his remaining arm off during a row over loud music.

Bury St Edmunds disabled man abused by hearing-impaired neighbour in loud music row
PUBLISHED: 08:27 09 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:25 09 May 2017 Colin Adwent
Ipswich Magistrates Court on Elm Street
Ipswich Magistrates Court on Elm Street
A man with hearing difficulties has been found guilty of abusing his disabled neighbour by threatening to cut his remaining arm off during a row over loud music.

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Toby Nicholson, of The Vinefields, Bury St Edmunds, also threatened to ‘do’ Nick Proctor on another occasion after making a cruel reference to his disability.

Nicholson, 28, had denied threatening behaviour on March 5 and 11, but was convicted following a trial before Ipswich magistrates.

Mr Proctor, 48, told the court he could no longer stand living in the same block of flats as Nicholson and was now going to make himself homeless due to the stress of the situation.

The first offence happened in the early hours of March 5. Mr Proctor went up to Nicholson’s flat to ask him to turn his music down.

Nicholson was said to have become angry and told Mr Proctor: “You can f*** off. If you don’t watch out I will cut your other f****** arm off.”

Mr Proctor, who also lives with the effects of a serious head injury, said: “I clearly heard him say this offensive remark. This kind of abuse happens all the time and I do my very best to push it to one side and move on with my life.”

Speaking specifically about the comment Mr Proctor added: “It rattles around your head.

“Things like that are painful and they penetrate your psyche. You can’t get them out of your head.”

Bury St Edmunds disabled man abused by hearing-impaired neighbour in loud music row
PUBLISHED: 08:27 09 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:25 09 May 2017 Colin Adwent
Ipswich Magistrates Court on Elm Street
Ipswich Magistrates Court on Elm Street
A man with hearing difficulties has been found guilty of abusing his disabled neighbour by threatening to cut his remaining arm off during a row over loud music.

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Toby Nicholson, of The Vinefields, Bury St Edmunds, also threatened to ‘do’ Nick Proctor on another occasion after making a cruel reference to his disability.

Nicholson, 28, had denied threatening behaviour on March 5 and 11, but was convicted following a trial before Ipswich magistrates.

Mr Proctor, 48, told the court he could no longer stand living in the same block of flats as Nicholson and was now going to make himself homeless due to the stress of the situation.

The first offence happened in the early hours of March 5. Mr Proctor went up to Nicholson’s flat to ask him to turn his music down.

Nicholson was said to have become angry and told Mr Proctor: “You can f*** off. If you don’t watch out I will cut your other f****** arm off.”

Mr Proctor, who also lives with the effects of a serious head injury, said: “I clearly heard him say this offensive remark. This kind of abuse happens all the time and I do my very best to push it to one side and move on with my life.”

Speaking specifically about the comment Mr Proctor added: “It rattles around your head.

“Things like that are painful and they penetrate your psyche. You can’t get them out of your head.”

Magistrates heard that on March 11 Mr Proctor was lying in bed at 10am when he heard Nicholson’s voice outside.

As Nicholson walked in front of Mr Proctor’s bedroom window with a friend, he was said to have been talking about Mr Proctor and was punching the air.

Mr Proctor said he heard Nicholson swear and use a derogative term for disabled people before saying he would like to ‘do’ him.

Mr Proctor told the court: “I could see him punching the air as if shadow boxing.

“I froze in bed and lay very still for a moment or two and I heard them go into (Nicholson’s) flat.”

Magistrates heard Mr Proctor had lost his right arm at the age of 17 in 1986 when he was involved in a motorcycle accident.

Nicholson’s sentencing was adjourned until June 5.

He has been released on conditional bail.

Source: http://www.eadt.co.uk

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