John Cameron was observed by police chucking a mountain of filth outside (Image: Perthshire Picture Agency)

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A 'neighbour from hell' who sparked a £3,000 clean-up job after hurling soiled toilet paper from his top-floor window at passersby below has claimed he had a fear of flushing.

Top-floor tenant John Cameron, 45, said he was scared to use his toilet and was choosing to dump the used loo roll out of his window instead.

Perth Sheriff Court was told today that specialist equipment costing £3,000 had to be hired to tackle the mountain of filth outside Cameron's fourth floor flat.

Fiscal depute Andrew Harding said: "At 4.30 pm police observed him throw three white items out of the window onto the street below.

"Due to the time of night several members of the public were walking directly below and there was a near-constant stream of traffic on the road.

"There was human faeces on the toilet roll. On closer inspection they could smell the odour which suggested it was human faeces. He was cautioned and charged and made no reply.

"Before staffing costs, plant machinery costs to the value of £3,000 was hired. I don't have any information about the staffing costs on top of that."

Solicitor Pauline Cullerton, defending, said: "He tells me he had issues with his toilet which was prone to flooding. He was scared to use the toilet given he was in an upstairs flat.

The top-floor threw a mountain of loo paper onto the street as people walked by
(Image: Perthshire Picture Agency)

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"There were other ways of dealing with it than the way Mr Cameron did. He was well aware of what he was doing. He spent 32 days remanded in custody."

Sheriff William Wood said: "He could have bagged it."

He deferred sentence to find out how Cameron was progressing on a community order imposed in relation to a similar previous incident.

Repeat offender Cameron was previously sentenced for hurling toilet paper along with scores of empty Pot Noodle cartons into the street and onto people's roofs.

Numerous witness, including horrified neighbours, saw Cameron create a major health hazard by hurling faeces and bottles of urine out the window of his home.

Ms Cullerton added that Cameron does not suffer from any mental disorder. "He is not suffering from any mental disorder. The explanation given was that his toilet was blocked," she said.

John Cameron will be sentenced at Perth Sheriff Court
(Image: Perthshire Picture Agency)

"It appears that whilst it may have been blocked, this behaviour has been an ongoing issue for a number of years. There is a suggestion he has a fear of the water in his toilet.

"It appears he offered differing accounts of the offences. He did take some responsibility but minimised the seriousness of his behaviour.

"He realises that had there been pedestrians walking in the street it would have been a particularly unpleasant experience if it landed on anybody."

Neighbours told police they had seen Cameron doing the same thing at his flat in Perth city centre for more than 12 months.

Some of the material thrown from Cameron's attic window landed on a neighbour's slanted roof and in the building's gutters.

Cameron, Gallowgate, Glasgow, admitted breaching the peace at his former home in Market Street, Perth, on 14 November 2019.

He has also admitted behaving in a similar manner during September 2020.

The court was told that Cameron had been evicted from the property and was now living in Salvation Army accommodation in Glasgow.