A man who was angry with “the system” threatened to slit his neighbour’s throat during a 24-minute call to police.
Piers Bailey initially called the emergency services himself to complain that his neighbour had threatened him.
But after not receiving the desired response, the 54-year-old vowed to “take matters into his own hands” and kill his neighbour.
Officers were quickly sent around to apprehend Bailey, who, on being cautioned and charged, replied: “I said it out of anger towards the system.”
Fiscal depute Ryan Diamond told Aberdeen Sheriff Court Bailey contacted the emergency services at 12.01am on December 3 last year.
Accused ‘had been drinking’
Bailey complained that his neighbour had been acting in a threatening manner towards him, but when he could not provide any further information he became annoyed at the lack of response from the police.
He advised the call handler that he would “take matters into his own hands” and began to make threats.
Bailey said: “I’m going to do what any decent man would do.
“You wanted some serious incident where someone gets their throat cut, I will slit his throat.”
Mr Diamond said Bailey was warned over his comments during the call, which lasted almost 25 minutes, before officers had to be sent out to trace him.
Bailey was taken to Kittybrewster station where, in reply to caution and charge, he told officers: “I said it out of anger towards the system.”
Bailey, of Park Road, Aberdeen, pled guilty to making a call that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.
Defence agent John McLeod said his client “had been drinking” prior to making the phone call.
He said he had no other cases outstanding, adding: “He’s thoroughly ashamed of himself for having done that.”
Sheriff Graham Buchanan fined Bailey £210.
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