A MAN pushed and punched his neighbour in a row about noise.

Paul McCartney's solicitor said she was begging magistrates not to award compensation to the victim who she described as a "nightmare neighbour".

The 56-year-old admitted assault by beating but his basis of plea disagreed with some of the Crown Prosecution Service's version of events.

Nichola Ritchie, prosecuting, said on May 30 the incident began at 4pm in Randwick Drive when the victim, Marian Molnar, was carrying out renovations to his property, working on putting slabs down.

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Miss Ritchie listed a number of times McCartney then pushed the victim, before punching him and causing him to fall to the floor.

McCartney then got on top of him and punched him again, with the victim holding his hands up to protect his face, the prosecutor said.

Miss Ritchie read out a victim statement from Mr Molnar in which he said the injuries had included cuts to his hand and nose bleeds, adding: “I do not feel safe in my home.

“I don’t know what he is capable of.”

Miss Ritchie said McCartney had 24 previous convictions, the latest in May 2018.

Judith Kenney, defending, said McCartney admitted most of the version of events, but where he disagreed was that instead of getting on top, McCartney had been pinned to the floor.

Ms Kenney explained that the neighbours' dispute had been ongoing for a while and said there had been a “degree of provocation” that caused McCartney to act as he did.

“They have been suffering from these renovation work for three years,” Ms Kenney said.

“The noise, banging, sawing, chopping, is there in the week, sometimes 10pm at night, at weekends and bank holidays.

“On this occasion he lost it.

“He filmed inches from his face - very provocative and very unnecessary.

“I beg there is no compensation, they are nightmare neighbours.”

A probation report found that McCartney was a recovering alcoholic but before the assault he had drunk 16 pints.

The report said they thought this had been a lapse as McCartney had been a success story of the courts in stopping his drinking.

The report suggested a community order with rehabilitation activity focused on dealing with emotions, when McCartney became stress or frustrated.

Before sentencing Simon Freebairn, chairman of the magistrates bench, said: “This is an unfortunate incident between you and your neighbour, we don’t want to see a repeat in the future.”

Mr Freebairn explained they would not order any compensation to be paid, as awarding it could lead to inflaming the situation and further offending.

He said they were also not issuing a restraining order as it would be unworkable.

McCartney was given a 12 month community order with 20 rehabilitation activity days, fined £140, and told to pay costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £85. McCartney’s offer to pay the total of £360 by deducting it from benefits was accepted.

The case was heard at Worcester Magistrates Court yesterday.