Nightmare neighbour's 'I'm a billionaire Freemason' rant after making woman's life hell

Beech Walk in Gipton
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A nightmare neighbour told police he was a billionaire and the head of the Freemasons while being arrested for harassing a woman in his street.

David Hancock, began his campaign against his neighbour on June 5, 2022, when he shouted at the woman. Prosecutor Deborah Smithies told Leeds Crown Court on Thursday the woman went out to confront Hancock at his then-home in Beech Walk, Gipton, and he then called her a "s***" before telling her: "I'm going to get you stabbed up."

Hancock was shouting from his bedroom window and told the woman he had won the Lottery and the ticket was in the window. Ms Smithies said when the woman went to look she instead found a piece of paper with her and a man's name on it that read: "Public order 6th June 2022 [their names] Asda."

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Ms Smithies said: "She asked him to remove that sign. He told her to 'f*** off' and said 'if you don't get out of my garden I'm going to stab you up'."

Hancock was arrested when the woman called the police. Ms Smithies said: "He threatened to get the officers sacked and said he was a billionaire and the head of the Freemasons. In custody, he said, 'If they don't hand themselves in by tonight they are dead'."

A month later on July 5, 2022, Hancock continued his campaign. The court heard that it was at around 7.40am that the woman noted Hancock shouting at her. During the tirade, he called her an "Irish s***" and again threatened to "stab her up". It was said her ex-partner arrived and Hancock threatened to shoot him and stab her and "set about her with a hammer".

Ms Smithies said: "The police were called again. She expresses her parents are Irish and she was particularly upset by the term." It was while on his way to custody that Hancock began "hacking up and spitting phlegm into the rear passenger seat of the police car".

The prosecutor added: "The car had to be deep cleaned and this left West Yorkshire Police vulnerable to serve the public. They were a vehicle down in circumstances when every vehicle matters."

It was said Hancock had previous convictions for criminal damage and breach of a non-molestation order. He had pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment, causing fear of violence and criminal damage on the first day of his trial.

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Ms Smithies said there had previously been a question over his fitness to plead but he was eventually deemed fit.

Mitigating, Matthew Stewart, said Hancock had suffered with "serious" mental health issues, outlined in a pre-sentence and psychiatric report. He added his home in Beech Walk had been set on fire and damaged, which meant he had had to leave it. The barrister added: "I don't advance it was her [the victim], but there was clearly an issue."

Recorder Green KC handed Hancock a sentence of 20 weeks suspended for a year and ordered he undertake 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

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