Man in court for butting neighbour
‘It made me fearful for my life – a bang on the head could have killed me’
A76-YEAR-OLD MAN was left unconscious and covered in blood after he tried to do his next door neighbour a good deed.
Francis McClean knocked on the door of brutal Keith Blundell, 52, to tell him that his garden hose had been left on, when he was headbutted in the face without warning.
Mr McClean, who takes the blood-thinning medication Warfarin, was left with a gash on his forehead and below his eye and says he feels lucky to be alive.
Blundell, of Elvington Road in Hightown, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm at Sefton Magistrates’ Court.
A statement from Mr McClean, read in court, said: “Nothing at all had been said when he headbutted me. I fell back and I must have blacked out for a couple of seconds.
“I remember his wife running down the stairs, shouting ‘what have you done now Keith?’
“I awoke to find him stood over me just staring at me. I could only describe the look on his face as pure evil.”
Angela Conlon, prosecuting, told the court Mr McClean had been “petrified” of Blundell after a row over tree-trimming eight years earlier, when Blundell had threatened to “smash his face in” and kill him.
She said Mr McClean had avoided Blundell since then and would not look him in the eye.
Ms Conlon said, before the attack, the victim had ordered flowers for his wife’s birthday, but the couple were out when they were delivered.
The court heard Blundell’s wife had taken delivery of the flowers and dropped them off, which the victim described as “kind”.
Ms Conlon said: “On May 19, the defendant’s garden hose had been running all day, so the complainant decided to return the favour and tell them, and save them a large water bill.
“When he knocked on the door, the defendant came out and immediately, before anything could be said, head-butted the victim.”
The court heard Mr McClean said: “You’re mad, you,” to which Blundell replied: “Yes, I am.”
Mr McClean struggled to stem the bleeding and was in hospital until around 2am. Doctors had checked for bleeds on the brain, due to his blood-thinning medication.
The pensioner said: “This incident made me fearful for my life. At my age, a bang on the head could have killed me.
“Having lived here for 42 years, I now live in fear of him returning home.
“I fear, one way or the other, Keith will kill me.”
Graham Halliwell, defending, asked magistrates to adjourn the case for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.
He said his client had no previous convictions and could not explain why he had assaulted Mr McClean.
The sentence was adjourned until July 3 and Blundell was released on bail with conditions not to approach or contact his neighbour.
Keith Blundell from Hightown leaves Sefton Magistrates’ Court
Keith Blundell from Hightown leaves Sefton Magistrates Court