Tyres Slashed in Row Over Snoring

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A man who slashed his neighbours car tyres after a row over snoring could be handed an ASBO banning him from going near cars!

The irate man flew into a tyres-slashing rage after claiming he was ridiculed for his noisy sleeping by his next door neighbour’s.

The 50-year-old, who admitted five counts of criminal damage, also previously confessed to up to 50 similar offences in the West Reading area between 2004 and 2008.

He also admitted one count of making a threat to kill his neighbour and one of possessing a bladed article.

The case has been ongoing for a number of years, but it was adjourned at Reading Crown Court for a more thorough pre-sentence report to assess whether the accused posed an ongoing risk to the public.

It was suggested a potential ASBO could ban him from going near cars.

The court heard that he had slashed tyres up to 50 times but neighbours only made 13 complaints.

The prosecution lawyer told Reading Magistrates Court last year: “The reason why the defendant did this is because he had a sleep disorder and this caused him to make breathing noises which went through the walls and disturbed his neighbours.

“This neighbour’s family were abusive towards him and he could hear them talking about it.

“He then got into a blind rage and the only way to release his anger was to slash the tyres of the car he believed belonged to the person next door.

“He later admitted he knew what he was doing and said he did it for fun.”

He was remanded in custody to reappear at Reading Crown Court on Friday, June 12.

Katherine Clarkson, National Accounts

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