Neighbour row goes too far as enraged supermarket worker throws secateurs at man next door's head

Neighbour row goes too far as enraged supermarket worker throws secateurs at man next door's head

WATCH: The Cul De Sac argument

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George Bunn

By George Bunn


Published: 22/01/2024

- 09:57

Updated: 22/01/2024

- 10:09

The dispute in the quiet cul-de-sac ended up in court

A supermarket worker who threw a pair of secateurs at his neighbour’s head has avoided jail.

Dean Albyn Nicholas 51, had thrown the garden tool at the man after an altercation in Ashby Close, Burton Latimer, near Kettering.


Northampton Crown Court heard last week that Nicholas denied the charge but was found guilty following a trial at the magistrates’ court.

He continued to plead his innocence and had made a number of derogatory assertions toward his neighbour since the verdict.

The two men arguing

Video shown to Northampton Crown Court showed the aftermath of the incident

Prosecuting Jonathan Stone said: "He beckoned him over. There have been some issues before that have angered the defendant.

"The defendant went into his front door and picked up a large metal bar of about a metre in length. He then picked up some secateurs and threw them at the complainant’s head. He was shouting at the complainant and accused him of attacking him.

"The complainant was heard saying he just wanted to go back into his garden."

The victim was left with a large gash to the head and was forced to go to Kettering General Hospital.

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Northampton Crown Court heard that Nicholas denied the charge but had been found guilty following a trial at the magistrates’ court

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Mitigating, Siobhan Cawkwell said Nicholas would be unable to pay a large amount of compensation to his victim.

The court was told he had previously worked for local architecture firms but now had a job at at Sainsbury’s and was in receipt of PIP because he had developed epilepsy fourteen years ago.

Cawkwell said the men had all continued to live in the same street since the incident and had experienced no more issues.

She added: "It’s fair to say they’re not friends but there’ve been no further incidents."

Judge Rupert Mayo said he believed there was a good chance of rehabilitation.

Nicholas was sentenced to a 45-week prison term, suspended for 12 months.

He was also ordered to pay his victim £280 in compensation at a rate of £40 per month.

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