DJ threatened to 'merk' man then turned up at his house with a hammer

Alexander Brady
-Credit: (Image: Merseyside Police)

A DJ threatened to track down and "merk" his victim before following through on his promise.

Alexander Brady smashed the innocent man's window with a hammer, leaving him too scared to visit the shop for a pint of milk. The squatter today, June 25, told a judge he would "do anything to take back his actions".

Liverpool Crown Court heard on Tuesday that the 41-year-old and victim Fred Ryall were known to each other due to previous incidents of anti-social behaviour. At around 6am on November 30 last year, the complainant was walking his dog down the street when Brady approached him on his bike and told him: "I'm going to find out where you live and merk you."

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Ian Criddle, prosecuting, said Mr Ryall was then at his home on Carlton Street in Vauxhall at roughly 9.30am on December 16 when he heard the sound of glass smashing. He then looked outside to see the defendant outside with his Alsatian dog and hitting his windows with a hammer while screaming: "I'm going to kill you."

Brady, who was said to have been squatting in a property on nearby Love Lane, was also captured on CCTV throwing the weapon up towards his victim as he filmed from an upper floor. A knuckle duster was also seized from him when he was arrested.

In a statement which was read to the court on his behalf, Mr Ryall said: "Alexander Brady's aggressive harassment followed by his psychotic hammer attack on my property made me anxious and fearful for my safety in my own home and local streets. He threatened to kill me.

"It has left me wary about walking at night. It was difficult to feel safe even going for milk as the shop is close to his normal squat."

Brady, of no fixed address, has nine previous convictions for 18 offences dating back to 2013, including for assault and possession of a bladed article and offensive weapons in a public place. Jim Smith, defending, told the court: "This is a gentlemen who deeply regrets his actions and the distress caused to the complainant.

"He is somebody who now sees through a sober lens the effect of his behaviour when in drink and the impact it can have on individuals. When he is released, he wishes to engage with his GP and attend Alcoholics Anonymous so that he can stay alcohol free.

"He was dependant on alcohol and he was homeless, and that is a dangerous cocktail. He will work to ensure that this does not occur again."

Brady meanwhile read a letter to the judge during the hearing, saying: "May I apologise for my terrible and dangerous actions. I regret what I have done and would do anything to take back my actions.

"I would also like to apologise to Fred, the victim of my crimes. I hope I may be able to return to my normal life as soon as possible, both working in the music venue I have built over the last 10 years and being a responsible and loving partner and father and looking after my dog."

Brady admitted two counts of threatening behaviour, criminal damage and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse, he was jailed for nine months.

Sentencing, Recorder Karen Ridge said to the self-employed disc jockey: "You will be in no doubt that he was extremely intimidated and fearful for his safety. He is now extremely wary about the routes he walks when walking his dog and he even feels frightened going to the local shop for milk, and that is because of your actions.

"It is pleasing to know that you are starting to deal with your substance abuse issues. I have regard to the regret and remorse you express and accept that is genuine, given your recent sobriety has caused you to see things in a different light and look at your behaviour.

"This was a sustained incident in which you targeted Mr Ryall's home. It was designed to cause fear of violence."

Brady was also handed a two-year serious violence reduction order, to commence upon his release. He was banned from contacting Mr Ryall for five years under a restraining order and told to pay £32.95 in compensation plus a victim surcharge.

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