“I was a bit worried because I know how vulnerable I am. I went inside and took some heart spray.
“For someone to threaten someone in a wheelchair is unbelievable. He is a complete coward.
“But I am a fighter.”
Those were the words of double amputee Ronald Trigg after a neighbour from hell who made his life a misery was jailed.
Ronald, 61, had struggled after losing both his legs over the last 13 years.
The retired joiner from Longfield Avenue, Dalton didn't think it could get much worse - then Craig Leah moved in around a year ago.
On Monday Leah, 42, was jailed for 12 weeks with a district judge telling him that his behaviour had been disgraceful and that he needed an enforced break from society.
Leah pleaded guilty to two charges of threatening behaviour and a charge of assaulting a police constable acting in the execution of his duty.
The court heard how on the day of of the incident Mr Trigg's Yorkshire Terrier was out in the garden and Leah was shouting at it.
Richard Blackburn, prosecuting, said: “The complainant hears him (Leah) shouting at the dog: ‘Shut the f*** up you little rat or I’ll wring your neck’.
“The complainant goes outside to remonstrate with the defendant and he calls him a 'no legged b*****d'."
Leah swore at Mr Trigg and repeated the abuse, calling him a ‘grass’ and threatening to take him out of his chair.
He warned Mr Trigg: “Dark mornings are coming.”
Ronald said: “I was warned not to go near him as he has a nasty temper but I have to walk my dog, Max, a Yorkshire Terrier, and he has a bull pit terrier so our paths were bound to cross eventually, I guess.
“He doesn’t keep his dog on a lead and one morning I told him he ought to as Max can’t stop himself from yapping at it and his dog would tear mine apart if it got the chance.
“When I said that to him he just exploded and called me a “no-legged b......”.
"Then he shouted that he would tip me out of my wheelchair.
“He knows I have a chronic heart condition and anything like that would definitely give me a heart attack and kill me."
Leah lives in a council property and a spokeswoman from Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing said: “We cannot comment on specific cases but generally, when a tenant is sent to prison, what happens next depends on the length of the sentence and the nature of the crime.
"The law gives secure tenants a number of rights that protect their tenancies, but these have to be balanced against the rights of other tenants to be protected from nuisance and harassment.
"In a situation such as this one, we would have to take into account all the factors involved and all the available options before deciding what should happen to the tenancy.”