My neighbor beat me with a brick in a row in a parking lot – NewsRaiser News in France and abroad

A MAN has told how his neighbor beat him with a brick – in an ongoing dispute over parking.

Champion darts player Paul ‘Cookie’ Cook, 65, injured retired Stephen Leonard outside his home during a long row.

This is the moment a darts champion beat his neighbor with a brick1 credit
Paul ‘Cookie’ Cook, 65, retired injured Stephen Leonard outside his home1 credit

Cook has played darts around the world, including in Las Vegas, and appeared in The World Match Play and World Championship Qualifiers. But Cook and his neighbor, whom he has known for 30 years, had “persistent problems” “for a long time”, Swindon Magistrates’ Court heard.

Keith Ballinger, prosecuting, said the defendant’s wife backed her car into the driveway and kept her headlights on.

The lights shone in Mr. Leonard’s living room – which is directly opposite – and dazzled him.

He ventured outside to tell Cook’s wife about his car headlights, but Cook appeared and things got ugly.

The two men were shouting and swearing at each other during the argument, which lasted a few minutes.

At the end of the argument, the defendant returned to his driveway, picked up a gray brick and hit it on the head of his neighbor – despite his wife shouting “Paul, don’t do it”.

The victim immediately fell to the ground, where Cook punched him in the head before being pulled to the ground by Mr Leonard, who eventually found himself on top of the accused.

As a result of the attack, Mr Leonard – who usually walks with the help of a stick – suffered cuts and bruises to his head, eyes, cheekbone and elbow.

Cook, who won the News of the World Championship in 1990 and the Plymouth Open in 2015, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm at 6pm on October 22 last year.

He told the officers who had picked up the brick to place it on the wall, but – forgetting it was in his hand – hit Mr Leonard with it.

In a personal victim statement, Mr Leonard said he continued to experience pain in his cheek and often awoke at night thinking about the assault.

He added: “I feel intimidated by him, I’m afraid it will happen again.

“I’m afraid he’ll come to the door and I don’t feel safe on my own property. I am very suspicious of him now because I know what he is capable of. »

Liz Highams, defending, said her client had been in persistent trouble and provocations from his neighbor – whom he has known for 30 years – for a long time.

“He reacted and he reacted badly,” Ms Highams said.

The court heard how Cook suffered from heart disease and serious mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.

Probation officer Michelle James said the defendant was unfit for some punitive elements – including unpaid work and a curfew – because of his illnesses, and recommended a Band D fine .

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“The ABH is a serious offence, but we understand there was an element of provocation,” the chief magistrate said as he imposed a fine of £265, prosecution costs of £85 and a surcharge of £34 .

No compensation was awarded “due to the nature of the relationship” between the two, and no restraining order was issued because it was “impractical” in the circumstances.

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