Wales

Matthew Johnson in court over Kevin Ratcliffe fence row

One True Voice
Image caption Mathew Johnson, pictured second from right, found fame with the band One True Voice

A former boyband member has appeared in court following in a row over a fence with ex-Welsh football captain Kevin Ratcliffe.

Matthew Johnson, 25, telephoned the former Everton star "ranting and raving", Flintshire magistrates heard.

Johnson was bound over to keep the peace with his neighbour for six months, after prosecutors had dropped a charge of making a menacing phone call.

Johnson found fame as part of One True Voice in ITV's Popstars The Rivals.

Flintshire magistrates' court at Mold were told the the dispute centred on a 20 ft (6m) fence that had been erected by former footballer Ratcliffe between his and Johnson's properties.

On the day of the incident, ex-defender Mr Ratcliffe, who was captain of Everton when they won the League Championship in 1985, had been with his family at a restaurant in Queensferry.

There was an altercation between the defendant's father and members of the Ratcliffe family.

The Ratcliffe family left the restaurant and while at home that evening Mr Ratcliffe received an angry phone call from Johnson.

Prosecutor Alun Humphreys said: "Mr Ratcliffe described his demeanour as ranting and raving."

Image caption Kevin Ratcliffe was capped 59 times for Wales

It was then alleged that Johnson threatened "I will have you shot", the court was told.

Magistrates heard that further words were exchanged between the pair, and that Johnson then sent a text which was also threatening in nature.

An original charge of making a threat to kill, which Johnson denied, was dropped last month. On Thursday, a charge of making a menacing phone call against him was also dismissed.

Magistrates bound Johnson over in the sum of £1,500 to keep the peace for six months and ordered him not to communicate in an abusive or threatening manner with Mr Ratcliffe.

Speaking after the hearing, Johnson said he was "extremely pleased" with the outcome of the case, and being found not guilty of both charges.

He added: "I am looking forward to moving on with my life."

The fence at the centre of the dispute has since been removed, and replaced with a 6ft (1.8m) fence.

Johnson had his first taste of fame in 2002 when he made it through public votes to the final of ITV's Popstars The Rivals - which also produced girl group Girls Aloud - to form One True Voice.

Mr Ratcliffe also played for Cardiff City, as well as winning 59 caps for Wales over 12 years, and is a former manager of Chester and Shrewsbury.

He now works as a football pundit, including for BBC Wales Sport.