A plumber was kept prisoner for half an hour by an angry Bedford housing association resident who wanted a bath.
Kevin Barnfield, who works for Mears, had been called out to mend a leaky pipe at Sean Leach’s home in Meadway, Goldington.
After fixing the pipe Mr Barnfield went to leave, but Leach said he wanted another repair carried out on his bath because he had not been able to have one for a few days.
Mr Barnfield, who was at the end of his shift, said he had not been told to do it and was going to leave, Luton crown court heard today (Tuesday).
On hearing this Leach, 45, became angry and aggressive and locked the door saying he could not leave.
The plumber called the Bedford Pilgrims Housing Association on his mobile and officers arrived at the scene with the police half an hour later, said prosecutor Charles Judge.
The defendant continued to be aggressive towards the housing association officers.
Before the trial was due to start, Leach changed his plea to guilty to falsely imprisoning Mr Barnfield on November 5 last year.
Defence barrister Jane Brady said the father of nine, who has just become a grandfather, had now lost his home. She said he was receiving Job Seekers’ Allowance but had work in the construction industry offered to him next week.
He has written a letter of apology to the plumber, the court was told.
Judge Michael Kay QC told Leach: “It was an act of stupidity. You had a loss of control borne out of anger. You should be able to control your anger. Mr Barnfield was entirely innocent.”
The judge passed a 12-month Community Order with conditions that he carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work. He must pay £750 costs and £60 victim surcharge within the next three months.
As he left the dock, the judge said: “I hope we won’t see you again.”
Leach replied: “I hope not.” He said he hoped to borrow the money from a friend so it can be cleared immediately.