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Pensioner sentenced for breaking 66-year-old's hip in parking dispute

A man from Neath has been given a nine month suspended sentence for punching his neighbour and breaking his hip.

68-year-old, Anthony John, punched his neighbour over a long-running parking dispute in July 2019.

The judge at Swansea Crown Court described the incident as a "wholly undignified neighbourly spat about trivia."

John pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and also has to complete a rehabilitation course and pay his victim £2,500 in compensation.

He has no previous convictions.

The victim spent 16 days in Morriston Hospital.

The prosecution said on July 1 2019 John was washing his car outside his house when the victim walked past with his dog and "words were exchanged" between the neighbours.

A confrontation then ensued between the pair who live in Penrhiwtyn.

The court heard that the victim initially pushed John but the defendant then "lost his temper" and punched the other man a number of times, knocking him to the ground. John then returned to washing his car after the victim fell to the ground and fractured his hip.

The victim was subsequently taken to Morriston Hospital where he was treated for a fracture to the socket joint of the pelvis. He spent 16 days in hospital.

John's defence said although it had been the complainant who initially approached the defendant in the street, he accepted his client's reaction had been "inappropriate and unacceptable".

The judge at Swansea Crown Court described the incident as a 'wholly undignified neighbourly spat about trivia.'

When police interviewed John he told officers he had been "provoked following an argument".

Judge Paul Thomas QC told John he accepted the victim had played a part in starting the confrontation but that the initial push was was "no excuse for the violence you used."

He added: "It is a pity you have lost your clean character and good name."

John was sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for 12 months and was ordered to complete a rehabilitation course. He also has to pay his victim £2,500 compensation and was made the subject of a three-year restraining order banning him from contacting his victim.

John was told to pay the compensation at a rate of £200 per month and the judge told him the regular payments will be a reminder "that such behaviour will not be tolerated".