A man threw rubbish and cracked an egg outside his neighbour’s door — after believing people were “watching him”.
Paranoid Josh Roberts carried out a bizarre campaign of abuse against the man at a block of flats in North Road, Liff, on February 2.
He pleaded guilty at Dundee Sheriff Court to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner towards the man.
Although he was known to Roberts, there was no ill feeling between the pair.
Roberts’ solicitor said he could give no explanation for his client’s behaviour.
The court heard the man became aware of a disturbance coming from the hallway at around 4.30pm.
Through the peephole in his front door, he saw the 22-year-old kicking the door while shouting.
Depute fiscal Joanne Smith told the court: “The accused went away from the door but then returned with some rubbish bags which he threw at the door.
“He was then heard to shout ‘I am going to get you — you’re a ******* rat’.
“He went away again before coming back with an egg — which he cracked over the rubbish.”
The man then called the police and Roberts was arrested.
Roberts, of North Road, made admissions to the offence when questioned by police and said he didn’t have anything against the man.
He told officers he believed people were “watching him” and “felt like an idiot”.
Defence solicitor John Boyle said Roberts’ mother believes her son has a problem with cannabis with the possibility of underlying mental health issues.
He said: “He has no explanation for his behaviour.
“There is no history between him and the complainer and he would have no reason to behave in the way that he did. His mother is concerned about his use of cannabis and mental health issues.
“He’s very resistant to treatment and does not accept there’s a problem but his mother takes a very different view.
“His strange behaviour does give her some concern.”
Sheriff John Rafferty deferred sentence on Roberts until March 20 to allow the preparation of a criminal justice social work report.
He was granted bail meantime.