'I can imagine it would be annoying over a certain amount of time' - Nathan Carter on 'Wagon Wheel'
Published 18/05/2016 | 10:57
Irish country star Nathan Carter has admitted that playing his song Wagon Wheel on repeat could be "annoying over a certain amount of time".
Carter made the remark in response to the news that a man claimed he was being subjected to "some sort of psychological torture" after a neighbour in the flat above his played the track on repeat.
Derry man Stephen John Leighton this week told the local Magistrates Court that he stormed up the stairs and shouted, "If I hear Wagon Wheel one more time I'm going to break that stereo".
Mr Leighton broke two windows instead.
Speaking to the Irish Daily Star, Carter (25), said, "I can imagine it would be annoying over a certain amount of time, hearing the same song over and over again.
"I'm sure there is an awful lot of people out there that don't like it but fortunately enough there is enough people out there that do and they're the ones I'm worried about."
Carter offered the fan tickets to his Belfast gig after their ordeal.
"Obviously it's a serious matter but I couldn't help but laugh when I saw the story."
The singer's friends also found it hilarious and sent him a Snapchat of the morning's papers.
However, the incident won't put him off singing the song, which he released in 2012, in future. He said he'll be singing it "for a long time to come".
Mr Leighton's defence barrister Francis Rafferty said that his client believed that his neighbour playing the song repeatedly was "some sort of psychological torture".
Leighton pleaded guilty to charges of criminal damage and assault on police and the judge imposed a four month prison term, suspended for two years, and ordered him to pay £200 (€256) compensation for the damage to the windows.