A gravely ill man has told of the horror of being terrorised by a neighbour from hell.
Colin Ackers – who is bravely battling advanced cystic fibrosis – said today: “It’s been a total nightmare.”
He became the total neighbour from hell, the real thing and that is putting it mildly. But we had never had a cross wordColin Ackers
In one incident he was threatened in the small hours by Colin Causer screaming at him and wielding a knife and hammer.
The former skilled cabinet-maker, who had to give up work because of escalating health problems, has now been forced to find a new home near his mum after the ordeal left him battling depression and perilously shedding weight from an already weakened body.
He said that the incidents at his home in Priory Road, Ashton, left him too scared to go out on foot when so close to his terrifying neighbour.
It came as tormentor Causer was given two-year community and supervision orders and ordered to seek psychiatric help by a Liverpool Crown Court judge this week.
Mr Ackers relocated to an anonymous new address near his mother Frances, who is his registered 70-year-old carer, because he said he received threats for calling in police and council social services he.
The fanatical football fan - he is only well enough to enjoy his games via the TV these days because of the debilitating effect of CF - can’t really identify why Causer chose to victimise him or even think of any specific incident that may have caused such an alarming level of threat and hostility.
He now believes it may have been triggered by something as general as jealousy over his car and collection of pets or the close ties that Mr Ackers maintains with friends and his supportive family.
Mr Ackers, 44, of Ashton, explained that he had kept himself to himself after problems with anti-social behaviour at a previous tenancy.
But when first approached by Causer who knocked at his door requesting a “bowl of sugar,” he remained courteous and obliging.
However weeks later Causer began acting strangely.
And he regularly heard shouting and banging from Causer’s flat above which he now believes may have been aimed at him.
At 4am one night he was woken by a furious yells and a cacophony of kicks on his door.
He went to his kitchen window and, bleary-eyed, was shocked and scared to see a clearly disturbed and enraged Causer shouting confused nonsense at him.
Causer was wielding a large hammer in one hand and a kitchen knife in the other...and demanding that Mr Ackers, who called the police, go outside and face him.
He was also accusing him of being a former resident of Red Bank probation hostel.
When the victim refused Causer used the tool to smash Mr Ackers’s car windscreen - claiming that the vehicle was actually his - before disappearing.
Mr Ackers is now having to use his nebuliser four times a day, as well as respite care sessions at Wythenshawe Hospital.
He fears the trauma may have hastened the onset of the condition.
Mr Ackers said: “He became the total neighbour from hell, the real thing and that is putting it mildly. But we had never had a cross word.
“But with all the threats were going around, I couldn’t sleep properly at all and I was off my food.”