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Drunk's fire threat to couple.

AN ALCOHOLIC man who harrassed a couple with a tirade of homophobic abuse before threatening to burn their house down is to be evicted, a court heard.

Patrick Bradley, 53, admitted he had been so drunk whilst on medication for depression he often had no recollection of the verbal abuse.

Bradley, of Moor End Road, Lockwood, appeared before Kirklees Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guity to using threatening and insulting behaviour towards Lucy Heard and Elizabeth North.

Prosecutor Linda Fowler said he would regularly shout abuse, despite signing an acceptable behaviour contract aimed to prevent such actions in January this year.

But the court heard he continued to behave inappropriately and shouted 'dykes and ******* lemons' when the women were in their garden on March 23.

Bradley shouted: "You think you've got the better of me but you haven't. I'm going burn your house down."

The court heared the couple were so distressed by the abuse that they attempted to move away and rent out their house.

But Bradley became aggressive when the estate agent brought prospective tenants round and they refused to take the property on.

Mike Sisson-Pell said Bradley was a 'vulnerable' man seeking help from mental health services for depression.

Magistrates adjourned the case until April 16 for pre-sentence reports and granted conditional bail.

The court heard Bradley will be evicted from the property, rented through a private landlord, on April 1. He had earlier appeared before the courts for playing loud music and disturbing neighbours and had his speakers confiscated by environmental health officers.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 27, 2014
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