TWO men who left a young child ‘shaken up’ after going on a foul-mouthed tirade at their parents have both been handed a £239 fine.

Duncan Neil McMillan, 49, of Salthouse Road, Barrow, and Craig Postlethwaite, 50, no fixed abode, both received the sentence last Friday at South Magistrates’ Court in Barrow.

Mr McMillan was not present in the courtroom as he is currently suffering from ill health, but Mr Postlethwaite was in attendance.

The offence relates to an event which took place in St Francis Gardens, Barrow, on July 21 2020.

The complainants, alongside a witnessing neighbour called Cumbria Police after Mr McMillan and Mr Postlethwaite turned up to their St Francis Gardens property where they displayed threatening behaviour towards them.

The court heard that it was in retaliation after Mr McMillan’s daughter, who was a neighbour to the complainants, had bleach thrown over her washing.

Defending Mr McMillan, solicitor Michael Graham, explained to the court that the 49-year-old had been told by his daughter that she thought the bleach attack was revenge by the complainant, whose car was vandalised hours before.

The court heard that the two men were goaded by the complainants who had used “abusive signals” towards them.

At this point, Mr McMillan started hurling abuse at the complainants.

The prosecutor said: “Mr McMillan opened the property and shouted: ‘I am going to kill you, you are going to get what is coming to you.’”

Mr Postlethwaite was also shouting and swearing, the court heard. The police were then alerted and attended the scene, where both men were waiting.

After pleading guilty at the first opportunity to breaking Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, the magistrates decided to hand the two a fine.

The magistrates did not opt to impose a restraining order on both men, highlighting that Mr McMillan’s daughter leaving her property on St Francis Gardens was a key factor in their decision.