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A border worker pushed a 74-year-old neighbor after an argument over a parking space

A 37-year-old man who assaulted his elderly neighbor after a dispute over a parking space has been fined £150 at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

First offender Daniel Carroll pleaded guilty to pushing the 74-year-old over the body with both hands during the disturbances outside their home at Crudens House in the Ettrick Valley on October 8.

Fiona Hamilton, prosecuting, said the plaintiff informed Carroll that he had tested positive for COVID and should not come closer.

But the fiscal says that the accused advanced towards the retiree and pushed him with both hands on the body. She added that there were no injuries.

Defense attorney Ross Dow said the background was a neighborhood dispute with the two men living in a small hamlet in the Borders.

He explained: “A few weeks before this incident, they collapsed in a parking space.

“My client was physically prevented from going to his house. The neighbor would not move despite being asked four times.

“He has never been to court before and wants to avoid the plaintiff despite where he lives. He is keen to put that behind him and move on.”

The self-employed farm worker was fined £150 and victim surcharge of £10.

Sheriff James Hastie told Carroll: “I heard what was said on your behalf. But I have to consider the age of the complainant.

“Pushing people into a public place is unacceptable.”

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