Man who threw paving slab at neighbour as family feud boiled over is sent to jail
A MAN has been jailed for throwing a paving slab at a neighbour as a family feud boiled over.
Taylor Friend, 21, struck the man on the arm and the leg after confronting him in his front garden, Plymouth magistrates heard.
The bench imprisoned Friend for four months to run alongside a sentence he is already serving for earlier assaults.
Friend, of St George's Terrace in Stoke, admitted common assault against Richard Campbell on November 26 last year. He also admitted threatening behaviour towards the same man on January 18 this year.
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Presiding magistrate Celia Kelly said: "You used a paving slab which you threw at the victim, striking him on his arm and his leg. We have also taken into account your previous convictions for violence."
Claire Tresidder, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Friend had known Mr Campbell for some years and their families lived in adjacent streets.
She said Friend approached Mr Campbell in his front garden, waving his arms and shouting, on November 26 last year.
Mrs Tresidder said Mr Campbell saw he had a black eye and made a remark along the lines of him coming second in a fight. She added Friend lifted a paving slab, measuring 40 centimetres by 40 centimetres, above his head and threw it at Mr Campbell. The court heard it hit him on the arm and leg, leaving him with a "dead arm".
Mrs Tresidder said Friend shouted more abuse and then walked away.
She added Friend walked past Mr Campbell's house and shouted more abuse on January 18.
The court heard Friend was jailed for 23 weeks earlier this month for two earlier common assaults after breaching his community order.
Tony Daniel, for Friend, said: "There has been an issue between him and the family for years. He went to school with the children of the Campbell family. It is a festering sore that will have to be resolved." He added the Friend family had made allegations against the Campbells which were being investigated by the police. Mr Daniel said the slab was not very heavy and Friend regretted his actions.