Mr James Rattigan, a 67-year-old football fan of Celtic, went berserk when his favorite team was losing and his neighbors had once again parked their car in front of his house.
For those of you unaware of Scottish football, there are only two big teams normally, Celtic and Rangers, and if you’re a fan of either of those then the match you don’t want to miss each year is what is called ‘the old firm’, the matchup between those two teams. so when Celtic was losing against Rangers and Mr James Rattigan saw that his long fully hated neighbor (they both live in the city of Manchester and his neighbor supports the local team.), Mr Rattigan took and axe and started threating to kill the neighboring family.
Mr Kenny McLaughlin, his wife Tracey, and their two daughters were all still sleeping on December 19 two years ago when the disturbing incident occurred in Failsworth, Greater Manchester.
Mr Rattigan went into his back garden and shouted: ”You Scottish c**ts I’m going to kill you, I’m going to jump over the fence now, come on I’m going to burn you all.”
“I’m going to chop your heads off – I’m going to f**king kill you.”
Mr McLaughlin’s daughter Ashleigh, 25 years old, recorded a part of Mr Rattigan’s tirade, which went on for four hours in fact.
The family declared in a statement read out to the court: ”It’s getting to the point now I know it’s coming. When he has a drink, something usually happens. My biggest fear is that he will burn my house down and I don’t feel safe in my own home.”
“I honestly think he will kill someone, I don’t want to go to work in case something happens to my family but how long can I stay off work for?”
According to Mr Rattigan, all of this is based on a mistake, and he had simply been shouting at the TV saying ”Scottish c..ts” while watching a Celtic match.
The Lawyer for Mr Rattigan, Mr Saul Comish tried to defend the pensioner: “Mr Rattigan doesn’t accept his guilt. He suffers from poor health, he has arthritis, COPD, he had a heart attack a few weeks ago and also suffers from depression. Given his age, ill health and lack of convictions, it would not be appropriate to impose a custodial sentence.”
In the end, Mr Rattigan was given 14 weeks suspended jail sentence.