Grantham court: Dog walker threatened to smash windows

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A dog walker threatened to smash a woman’s windows and her car when she complained about his pet.

Shane Hamilton, of Hamilton Road, Grantham, admitted threatening criminal damage and using threatening or abusive language or behaviour on March 20.

Prosecuting, Nick Todd told the court that Hamilton was walking his dog in Almond Grove at about 8am when he passed the house of the complainant. She took exception to the dog running around the nearby children’s play area and complained to Hamilton.

Mr Todd said Hamilton swore at her and threatened to smash the windows of her house and car, saying he could walk his dog where he liked. The police were called and he was arrested.

He later told police he often walked his dog there and on this occasion it had run away. An argument had escalated with the complainant and he accepted he had been stupid to react in that way.

Rob Arthur, defending, said Hamilton’s dog had got loose and had started biting a plastic swing in the play area. He said the complainant had taken a photo of the dog doing this. Mr Arthur said Hamilton accepted the argument had “escalated out of nothing” and it was a “storm in a teacup”.

Magistrates gave Hamilton a conditional discharge for 18 months and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £15.