A BULLET was left on the windscreen of a Southampton man’s van as his neighbour threatened that “your time here is over”.

Heath Woodham, of Upper Bugle Street, had also placed a note alongside the projectile, which added: “Walk, run, or be carried out”.

The 51-year-old was arrested after his victim, who has not been named, called the police on August 13 last year.

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When he was interviewed, the charity shop volunteer denied the offence and told police they would not be able to link him to the note.

However, Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard that officers had found a print of Woodham’s right thumb on the piece of paper, as well as another note, following a search of his property.

Woodham appeared before magistrates yesterday charged with sending a note and a bullet which conveyed a threat to cause distress or anxiety to the recipient.

He pleaded guilty on March 3.

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However, he failed to attend court hearings earlier in the year claiming to have symptoms of coronavirus.

He “indicated he had a cough on two previous occasions”.

The court heard how there had been “difficulty” between Woodham and his neighbour who lives in the same block of flats.

These stemmed from “issues involving other neighbours”.

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Defending, solicitor Susan Ridge said that his actions had been an “overreaction”, and that he is remorseful and regretful.

She said how Woodham is a lightly convicted man and that works at a cancer research shop as a volunteer.

During sentencing, District Judge Blake said: “The court can’t resolve situations between neighbours.”

He added: “This offence was a moment of madness.”

Woodham was slapped with a one-year community order and told he must complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

He must pay an £85 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

He must also complete 20 rehabilitation requirement days.