Ipswich noise row neighbour must pay more than £500

Ipswich Magistrates Court on Elm Street.

Ipswich Magistrates Court on Elm Street. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A court has ordered an Ipswich man to pay more than £500 after he fell out with his neighbour.

Kurt Watson, of Acer Grove, pleaded guilty before the town’s magistrates to threatening behaviour on October 17.

Prosecutor Simon Bravery said the victim lived close to the 47-year-old and had spoken to him previously about the noise coming from his property as she and her partner had a young baby.

On October 16 the woman was at home with her family when Watson opened his door and said “is that quiet enough for you?”.

She replied her child was struggling to sleep.

The court heard that as their conversation continued the woman could smell alcohol on Watson’s breath.

He then made threats including saying he would punch her.

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Police arrived around 1am. The woman was crying.

An officer spoke to Watson and the music he was playing quietened down.

However, Mr Bravery said when police left the woman heard more banging on her door.

Watson, representing himself, claimed the woman had been aggressive to him, but admitted he should not have gone round to her home.”

He was fined £250 and ordered to pay costs of £85. Magistrates also said he must pay a £150 criminal courts charge and £20 to the victims’ fund.