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Man takes vegetables round to his neighbour but ends up punching him in the face

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A nightmare neighbour repeatedly punched a man in the face after a bad-tempered argument turned violent just minutes after they had been enjoying a sociable drink together.

Aggressive and foul-mouthed David Harrison had earlier taken some vegetables round to give to his neighbour but the friendly visit ended in disaster. He left the victim with a broken toe and other injuries after asking him: “Do you think you are the f***ing man of the valleys?”

The neighbour was terrified that there would be more trouble and he later felt that he wanted to move house to avoid the risk of any further violence, Hull Crown Court heard. Harrison, 37, of Main Street, Bishop Wilton, north of Pocklington, admitted assaulting his neighbour, causing actual bodily harm, on July 1 last year and another offence of assault.


Ellen Boyes, prosecuting, said that Harrison and the other man were neighbours in the village of Bishop Wilton. At about 8pm, Harrison knocked on his neighbour’s door.

He was invited inside as he had brought vegetables for the man. They shared some alcoholic drinks.

After they had been drinking, an argument erupted and Harrison left the house. He returned about 10 minutes later and knocked on the door again.

The neighbour opened the front door to find Harrison standing outside. A female neighbour heard a commotion and began to record it on her phone.

Harrison was being aggressive and he was shouting. He approached his neighbour and punched him in the face three times, resulting in the man leaning against his car while being hit.

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Harrison pushed the neighbour across the bonnet of his car and shoved him to the ground, causing him to land on his back at the side of the car.

Harrison walked towards him and shouted: “Do you think you are the f***ing man of the valleys?” while leaning over him. He tried to grab the neighbour with his right arm and shouted: “Do you think you’re f***ing bad, do ya?”

The female neighbour intervened by opening her door and saying: “That’s enough.” As the victim tried to get himself off the ground, Harrison punched him for a fourth time and said: “F*** off.”

Another man was drinking at the nearby Fleece Inn when he heard the commotion. He left the pub to find out what was happening and saw the two men. He spoke to both men and told them to split up and go home.

“He noticed that the defendant was agitated and was shouting in the middle of the street,” said Miss Boyes. The pub customer tried to speak with Harrison and to put distance between the two men to stop them arguing.

“He attempted to lure the defendant away on two occasions and change the conversation and, on the second time, this was successful and the defendant returned home,” said Miss Boyes.

The pub customer went to the assault victim’s home and went inside to tell him that Harrison was now at home. “They were then interrupted by a knock at the door, which was again the defendant,” said Miss Boyes.

Harrison tried to walk inside but the pub customer pushed him away and told him that he was not coming inside. Harrison swung his arm at the pub customer, hitting him. The man swung back at him but missed and fell over.

“The defendant’s partner and daughter showed up and he then walked back to his address with them,” said Miss Boyes. “The police arrived shortly and the defendant was arrested.”

The neighbour suffered injuries including a broken toe. “At one point, his shoe came off so that may well have been when it happened,” added Miss Boyes.

The victim also had a large scratch to the back of his head, a grazed elbow and a grazed right palm. He also suffered aches and he thought that he might have concussion.

“It was a prolonged and persistent assault,” said Miss Boyes. There were four punches to the victim’s face. “There was serious physical injury and substantial impact on the victim,” said Miss Boyes. “The defendant accepted that he was drinking at the time of the offence.”

During police interview, Harrison claimed that he acted in self-defence. He had convictions for 58 previous offences, including assault in 2010 and five of public disorder between 2002 and last year.

The neighbour said in a statement that he was worried that Harrison would “get away with this” and that he would behave like that again. “This is making me feel like I want to move house,” he said. “I am getting anxiety attacks from this and I feel sick. I am anxious and feel frightened. I should not be made to feel frightened.”

Harrison was jailed for 16 months and he was given a five-year restraining order.


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