Video gamer made lives of Bainsford neighbours a misery

Levey claimed  he was probably shouting and swearing at his tv screen as he played a video game.
Levey claimed he was probably shouting and swearing at his tv screen as he played a video game.

Householders put up with listening to a noisy neighbour shouting and swearing for over an hour before finally contacting the police.

When officers arrived at the address to question Ruaridh Levey he claimed he was probably shouting and swearing at the television screen because he was playing a video game.

But he then became abusive towards them and was arrested.

At Falkirk Sheriff Court the 33-year-old gamer was jailed for four months for his shocking behaviour.

The court was told that Levey, who appeared from custody, is already in jail for a similar offence and not due to be released until the new year.

The court heard that after ‘suffering in silence’ late into the night on July 25, residents in Merchiston Avenue, Bainsford, had had enough and called for help.

Levey, who stayed at 145 Merchiston Avenue at the time but whose address is now Scott Street, Stirling, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive way by repeatedly shouting and swearing and uttering threats and breaching a bail condition imposed by the court on May 2.

Procurator fiscal depute Ann Orr told the court: “At around 11pm neighbours heard the shouting and swearing and after an hour the police were called. The accused was then detained. He told them he was probably playing a game on television and shouting at the screen.”

Defence lawyer Harry Cochrane said: “He is currently serving a ten month sentence imposed for nearly exactly the same thing and due to be released in January.

“He had a series of problems with his neighbours before that. His problems are all related to drink and his drink-related background.

“He has always had issues dealing with his alcohol dependency but while in prison has spoken to doctors about that and told there is medication he can take.”

Sheriff Craig Caldwell dashed any hopes Levey might have had of leaving jail on the expected date by ordering the four month jail term to start at the end of his current sentence.

He told Levey the court had given him opportunities before to avoid custody but he had failed to take advantage of them.

He said: “This is one of a series of offences you have committed while under the influence of alcohol. You were given a chance but completely failed to comply and there is no alternative to custody.”