A Broughty Ferry neighbour dispute over chihuahua dog poo escalated after a man slapped a teenager on the back, before racially abusing her grandfather.
Struan Bradbury, 39, caught the youngster putting his own dog’s poo through his letterbox on September 24 2021.
He assaulted her, Dundee Sheriff Court heard, slapping her on the back and causing her to become upset.
The girl, who was 17 at the time, then ran into Gunners Bar, where she spoke to her grandad, Raymond Boyd.
Mr Boyd went upstairs to the flat, which was in a building the pair shared, to have “a civil conversation”.
But Bradbury tried to grab Mr Boyd and called him an “English pikey b*****d”, before slamming the door in his face.
‘I’m as Scottish as they come’
Mr Boyd, giving evidence before Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown, said this confused him at first, adding “I’m as Scottish as they come – Dundee born and bred”.
Mr Boyd admitted he had kicked Bradbury’s door to get him to come out and explain himself.
The attempted grab and racial remarks were witnessed by four people, including bar patron Gail Wilkie, 51.
Ms Wilkie had followed Mr Boyd into the close to see what was going on, she told the court.
She confirmed she had heard Bradbury call Mr Boyd the insult.
The court heard there had been a long-running dispute between Bradbury and the Boyd family over his dog’s excrement.
Bradbury was accused of – and denied – placing faeces through the Boyd family letterbox.
He denied assault, attempted assault and racism and accused all four witnesses of lying.
Sheriff Martin-Brown deemed all four Crown witnesses credible and ruled Bradbury was not.
She admonished him but recommended he move from his Broughty Ferry house to avoid further disputes.
Bradbury has one previous conviction, for stalking Dundee University staff members in 2019.
He was on bail at the time of his 2021 offences.
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