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Melksham man jailed for drunken attack on neighbour
2:18pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
A noisy neighbour has been jailed for 10 months for launching a violent attack on a pensioner who complained about loud music in the middle of the night.
Dean Griffiths armed himself with a piece of wood and stormed upstairs to bang on the door of the 67-year-old after he had rapped on the floor to try and get him to turn it down.
When Geoffrey Jewess opened the door Griffiths attacked him with the weapon, leaving him with facial injuries and a suspected fracture to the thumb.
Griffiths, 28, denied a charge of actual bodily harm, claiming he was acting in self-defence but a jury at Swindon Crown Court didn’t believe him and found him guilty following a trial earlier in the summer.
And while he was on bail awaiting trial he was found in the street at night time with a cut-throats razor in his pocket, which he claimed he was going to use to shave.
At the trial in July the pensioner told a jury he was in his Melksham flat in the early hours of Tuesday March 13 last year when Griffiths arrived home downstairs with a pal.
After hearing the music turned up loud he banged on the floor to try and get him to stop.
But instead the drunken neighbour came to his door and launched the attack, which he largely managed to fend off using a garden fork he had nearby.
Philip Warren, prosecuting, said six months later he was stopped by police in Union Street at 1.30am and found to have the razor.
He told officers he had just been to see his dad who had given him the blade so he could use it to shave.
Griffiths, formerly of Dorset Crescent but now living at Lewington Close, Melksham, pleaded guilty to having an article with a blade or point in public.
Andrew Eddy, defending, said while he had been convicted of a pre-meditated assault his client felt ‘a degree of provocation’ because of what the victim was doing in the lead-up to the attack.
Judge Douglas Field said “On the night in question you returned home late, drunk and with a friend. You turned the music up loud.
“Mr Jewess, a man of 67, quite reasonably drew your attention to the loud playing of the music by banging on the floor.
“You then armed yourself with a piece of wood, went to his front door, knocked on it and when he answered you set about him. You hit him in the head.
“Fortunately he was managing to fend you off with a garden fork. Nevertheless you continued to aim blows at his head and his thumb.”
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