Man jailed after noisy neighbour knife threat


A Motherwell man with a ‘lengthy’ criminal record has been jailed for 21 months after confronting a noisy neighbour with a knife.

John Sneddon had earlier gone to Marzena Sychkord’s flat in Windmillhill Street to complain about her shouting from her balcony after midnight. She then went to the flat he was in, but when he opened the door he had a knife with a seven-inch blade.

No one was hurt and the incident was over ‘in a matter of seconds’, defence agent Sandy Morrison told Hamilton Sheriff Court. Sneddon (33), a prisoner, admitted threatening Ms Sychkord with the knife on September 15.

Barry Dunne, prosecuting, said Sneddon was in Anne Brown’s flat when Ms Sychkord went on to the balcony of hers in the same block and started shouting to her nephew in the street below.

Sneddon went to ask her to quieten down. She wasn’t in, but her partner promised the noise would be kept down.

However, when Ms Sychkord realised Sneddon had called she and her partner went to his flat to speak to him. Sneddon opened the door and when they saw the knife the couple retreated and went back to their flat, and the police were called.

Sneddon’s record includes assault and robbery. He has also been convicted of having a weapon.

Mr Morrison admitted his client’s behaviour on this occasion was ‘completely inappropriate’. He said Sneddon picked up the knife after hearing raised voices in the close.

Sheriff Ray Small said jail was inevitable given Sneddon’s record, but cut the sentence from 28 months because of his guilty plea and backdated it to the time of his arrest in September.

More from the court in this week’s Times and Speaker, out on Tuesday.