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Man hit with hammer had an angina attack
A MAN who hit his neighbour with a hammer has been given a 12-hour curfew for the next six months.
Challoner Road residents Patrick Joseph Joyce, aged 56, and Paul Fligg had “difficulties” with each other, Helen Wheatley, prosecuting, told York Crown Court.
She said on April 23, when Mr Fligg was at Joyce’s home returning some items, the two men argued, Joyce picked up a hammer and hit Mr Fligg on the arm with it.
The victim had punched out at Joyce and gone home.
Shortly afterwards, he heard banging on his front door.
Joyce was on the doorstep being verbally aggressive and saying things such as “you are dead”.
The incident started an angina attack that led to Mr Fligg being taken to York Hospital.
Joyce pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm and carrying a hammer as an offensive weapon.
He was given an eight-month prison sentence suspended for two years on condition that he observes a curfew at his home from 7pm to 7am every night for the next six months.
He was also ordered to pay £100 prosecution costs and a £100 statutory surcharge.
Recorder David Bradshaw told Joyce: “It seems to me that it obviously occurs in the course of an argument, but it doesn’t excuse it and the use of a weapon of any description is always very serious.”
Joyce’s solicitor advocate, Liam Hassan, did not give any mitigation after the judge indicated he would give a suspended sentence.
Ms Wheatley said in addition to the angina attack, Mr Fligg suffered a graze on his left forearm. The argument had started as a verbal one but had then escalated into a physical incident.