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Machete man threatened to chop up builder in row over roof tiles

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A MACHETE-WIELDING pet owner threatened to ‘chop up’ a builder after falling tiles stopped his dog getting into his back yard, a court heard.

John McCarthy waved the weapon during an angry confrontation with the construction worker, who was on the roof of a neighbouring property in Harold Street, Jarrow, carrying out repair work.

The court heard 60-year-old McCarthy, of Harold Street, had drank over a litre of whisky the evening before the angry early-morning confrontation.

McCarthy admitted a charge of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court and the case was adjourned for a probation report to be compiled ahead of sentencing.

Paul Doney, prosecuting, said: “The witness, a builder, was carrying out roof repairs at a house in Harold Street at about 8.50am on January 27 when he heard shouting and swearing from the street below. He looked over the scaffolding and saw the defendant, who shouted at him ‘If I see any tiles in my yard, I will chop you up’.

“He was waving a machete around and above his shoulder. He appeared to be drunk.

“He went back into his address and 10 minutes later came out to apologise and said he was up all night with his ill dog. The police attended and McCarthy had tears in his eyes.

“He told them his dog was ill and the tiles had been dropping in his rear yard. He told them he had gone out with the machete and said he was sorry. He had drank over a litre of whisky the night previous.”

Geoffrey Forrester, defending, said: “His dog was extremely ill, and later had major surgery. His dog needed to go into the yard but couldn’t because there were slabs landing all around.

“The builders didn’t use a piece of tubing, whereby they would be deposited into a skip.

“He had been drinking. He got annoyed and picked up the machete. Ten minutes later, he apologised. The weapon wasn’t used in dangerous circumstances, far, far from that.”

Dave Errington, chairman of the magistrates, adjourned the matter until March 11 for a probation report before sentencing.

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