Man in court for butting neigh­bour

‘It made me fear­ful for my life – a bang on the head could have killed me’

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY JONATHAN HUMPHRIES jonathan.humphries@trin­i­tymir­ @Visiter

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

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