A NURSE armed himself with a baseball bat and a can of CS spray when he went to sort out a parking dispute with a neighbour.
Julian Walker was so angry that fellow resident Aide Fowler had sent a written complaint to the Housing Association about his parking that he went to her home in the middle of the night and hammered on her door.
The 47-year-old mental hospital worker was found with a three foot baseball bat at his feet after he threatened to wreck the single mother's car, Exeter Crown Court was told.
Walker, of Taylor Close, Dawlish, admitted having the bat and CS gas as offensive weapons in neighbouring Richards Close in June.
He was ordered to pay £100 compensation and do 200 hours unpaid community work by Recorder Mr Robert Linford.
He told him: "Nothing grinds people's anger more than parking where residents are concerned and you were embroiled in a dispute with a neighbour which got out of hand.
"You had a baseball bat and the CS gas which you had bought in Holland and did not know to be illegal in this country, and say you took them for self-defence because the complainant has two teenaged sons. I accept this happened against a background of emotional turmoil in your life and take the exceptional view there does not need to be a prison sentence.
"You have led a largely blameless life and were a nurse for a long period of time in Langdon Hospital, which I know to be a very difficult place to work."
Eleanor Purkis, prosecuting, said the neighbour Miss Fowler had sent a letter of complaint to the Housing Association about Walker using her allocated parking space.
She said he had been drinking before he went to her home at 1.45am and woke her by banging on her door.
Miss Purkis said: "He asked if she had complained about his car and she told him she would not discuss it at that time of night.
"She asked him not to harass her because she was a single mother."
He was found with a three foot baseball bat and a can of CS gas which he said he had bought in Holland.
Jeffrey Segan, defending, said the offence happened at a time when Walker was under emotional strain after a bereavement and no longer had a steady job, having given up his full-time post at Langdon to do agency work.