By Jaya Narain
Last updated at 9:24 PM on 12th January 2010
A gay man who attempted to poison his lesbian neighbours by pouring slug pellets into their curry after they accused him of kidnapping their three-legged cat has walked free from court.
Gary Stewart, 37, had fallen out with his neighbours, Ann Marie Walton, 38, and Beverley Sales, 36.
But in an apparent bid to restore cordial relations with the pair he offered them a curry from a local Indian takeaway.
When the couple went to eat the meal they found the curry sauce was laced with dozens of tiny blue slug pellets.
Afterwards Stewart said he had done it after he had found the tyres to his car had been slashed with a knife.
He texted a friend saying: 'It was them next door, the f******* fat lesbians, I'm glad I've poisoned them and yes it was slug pellets.'
He was sentenced to a six month suspended jail sentence at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester after pleading guilty to attempting to poison the two women on September 22 last year.
The court was told Mr Stewart, who is HIV positive, was devastated after his partner Paul Kleisier, 43, died of an Aids related illness last summer.
He had previously got on well with his neighbours in Denton, Manchester, Miss Sales, an HGV driver, and Miss Walton, a full-time mother, but fell out with them last year after a series of petty arguments.
Then last summer they were involved in a furious row after Stewart told the council they were neglecting their eight-year-old son, Jack, and social workers were called to carry out an investigation.
After that Stewart is alleged to have kidnapped the family's three-legged cat, Amber, and dumped her in a village miles away.