A Hertford man who over-reacted when his neighbour, who was high on drugs, came crashing through the fence armed with a hoe has been ordered to do unpaid work.

A Hertford man who over-reacted when his neighbour, who was high on drugs, came crashing through the fence armed with a hoe has been ordered to do unpaid work.

 

The 25 year old, whose girlfriend was pregnant, was confronted by the man who had taken hallucinatory drugs, Luton crown court was told Friday 1st April.

 

Prosecutor Michael Shaw said that during a fight the hoe was broken and the defendant got the better of him, delivering blows that caused bruises.

At a hearing before Magistrates the neighbour had been sentenced to three months for Affray.

 

The defendant pleaded guilty to causing Actual Bodily Harm on 20 August last year.

 

Andrew Morton, defending, said the civil engineer had accepted in a Police Interview that he had gone too far. He said the man’s partner had given birth and they had moved from Hertford.

 

Judge Michael Kay QC passed a 12 month Community Order with a condition that he carries out 100 hours of unpaid work. He told the defendant: “At some stage you went too far.”