Sheriff officers took possession of the council home of a blind and dying man – just a day after he was rushed into hospital for a blood transfusion. James Montague, 58, told the Record yesterday how his only wish is to die in the home his family has occupied for 61 years. But he was slapped with an eviction decree by North Lanarkshire Council after a protracted tenancy wrangle. James was rushed into hospital on Sunday morning after becoming unwell but sheriff officers turned up at his home in Millfield Avenue to carry out their duties anyway. Despite James’s anguished brother Patrick and sister Elizabeth attending the eviction and appealing for a reprieve, due to his hospitalisation, a locksmith drilled out the locks and the house has been secured. Patrick, 62, said: “We’ve been at our wits’ end because of Jimmy’s health problems and the eviction is an absolute disaster for him. “But when he was rushed to hospital we’ve obviously had to deal with that too. He has suffered kidney failure and doctors said he needs a blood transfusion, so we expect he will be in the for a while, all going well. “I said the sheriff’s officer that he had been taken to hospital and he said he’d pass that on to the council. But a locksmith turned up and drilled out the locks, so the eviction has gone ahead. “It just seems to me there has been a total lack of compassion. “The whole problem with the tenancy arose because Jimmy became very unwell and wasn’t able to take care of any administration.” Speaking from his bed at Monklands Hospital in Airdrie, Jimmy said: “I’m a bit shocked to hear that they went ahead and changed my locks. “I have a lot on my plate right now and my first concern is to get out of hospital. I was hoping for a compassionate response but I’ll just have to take it a day at a time and see where I end up.” The Record told yesterday how doctors have given Jimmy just six months to live. He is certified blind and suffers from stage six kidney failure. He has been told he would be unable to withstand a kidney transplant because of several other serious illnesses that he is battling. He was brought up in the house in Millfield Avenue before moving to a flat nearby. But he moved in with his mum Margaret and dad Patrick, an Alzheimer’s sufferer, to help care for them in 2017. His mother died in 2021 and his father passed away in 2022. James soon fell ill himself, losing his sight and suffering chronic problems including neuropathy, diabetes and ulcerative colitis as well as chronic kidney failure. He has also been diagnosed with severe mental health issues. That meant he could not return to his own flat. James said he kept a tenancy for a housing association flat because it was his -intention to move back in. His health issues overtook him and he was unable to. James gave a letter from consultant psychiatrist Dr -Laisinghani to the council. The medic wrote: “Mr Montague has a chronic and enduring mental health illness. Currently, his physical health is -deteriorating. It is practically impossible for him to be moved due to him being bed bound.” After his dad’s death, James did not apply for succession of tenancy, due to his health. He was subsequently taken to Hamilton Sheriff Court, which ruled he would be evicted. A spokesman for North -Lanarkshire Council said: “While we sympathise deeply with Mr Montague’s -circumstances, we have a legal obligation to follow existing tenancy arrangements and laws, including the eviction process ruled by the court. Don’t miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond Sign up to our daily newsletter .