Drunk boxer shorts-clad man shouted threats to woman from scaffolding outside flat

Waterside Close, Loughborough
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Police were called after a drunken man, wearing just boxing shorts, while sitting high up on scaffolding started shouting abuse at a woman below. Ricky Hamilton was heard to shout several offensive words and threaten the woman, who later told Leicestershire Police that she had been scared for her life.

At Leicester Magistrates Court on Wednesday, May 30, prosecutor Ryan Houghton described the incident, which happened at about 6.30pm on Friday, May 10, in Waterside Close in Loughborough. He said: "Police received a call from a member of the public. He was saying a man was on scaffolding outside, shouting abuse at people on the street.

"The caller said he was concerned that the man appeared to be intoxicated and was sat on the scaffolding in his boxer shorts. A woman said she had gone to sit on a bench outside the flats and the man on the scaffolding had been shouting and swearing. She didn't know who he was.

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"The language used towards her was threatening. She felt scared for her life and feels it will impact on her being able to leave her house, due to that fear."

Hamilton crawled back into his flat and when the police arrived he was "unsteady on his feet" and smelled of alcohol, the prosecutor said.

However, Stephanie Dean, representing Hamilton, said the woman had known who Hamilton was. Ms Dean said the woman had started the shouting, telling Hamilton "snitches get stitches", referring to an incident in which Hamilton had been robbed at knifepoint by a friend of hers.

She said: "He was enjoying a drink. There was obviously animosity between them. The complainant was out there with some friends and it was she who shouted up at Mr Hamilton.

"It was started by the complainant and he retaliated, losing his temper. He's extremely embarrassed."

Hamilton, who had pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence, was fined £460 and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £184 victim surcharge.