999 nuisance caller reported ‘angry cat’

Edinburgh Sheriff Court
Edinburgh Sheriff Court

A 999 nuisance caller told police he needed help – to deal with his neighbour’s angry cat.

Blazej Mackowiak was told to contact the Scottish SPCA animal welfare charity – and then shouted that he would “kill the cat”.

Mackowiak, 39, then made a second call to police on Christmas Eve last year when he demanded officers attend his home and help him with moving a mattress from his back garden.

And during his bogus phone calls Mackowiak was heard to rant on about “Islamic State” and “Syrian refugees”.

But he was cleared of threatening to shoot a police officer during the Capital’s New Year celebrations when the Crown dropped the charge during a hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last week.

Mackowiak, from Restalrig, appeared in the dock from custody on Thursday and was handed a nine-month prison sentence after admitting to two charges.

Defence solicitor Paul Dunn said his client had previously served a six-month prison sentence for a similar offence and that “he says things he clearly doesn’t mean”.