Row over loud music left man unconscious

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A neighbour dispute over music being played loud in the early hours resulting in one man being punched unconscious and the other appearing before York Crown Court.

The victim in the case had been out with friends in Scarborough, drinking around 10 pints of lager, before returning home at around 2am on July 30.

On reaching his mother’s home in Eden Drive, he put music on so loud it disturbed the neighbouring family.

As a result the mother of the family went to ask for the volume to be turned down, but instead it was turned up, she also being verbally abused.

The court heard she returned home and asked for her partner’s help, and he in turn went round and punched the neighbour to the floor, jumped on top of him and continued punching him.

Before the court, for trial on a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, was Wayne Derek Reynolds, 33. However, he changed his plea to guilty,

Chris Smith, prosecuting, told the court that, as a result of being attacked, the neighbour was knocked unconscious, had a tooth chipped and suffered facial injuries.

He also attended hospital with suspected fractured ribs, and was diagnosed with severe bruising of his rib cage.

The court heard the attack was witnessed by the victim’s brother, who estimated that up to ten blows had been struck by Reynolds as he shouted: “If you ever do anything like that again I’ll kill you.”

Reynolds, who has previous convictions, first told the police he was acting in self-defence.

Patricia Doherty, mitigating, said there had been a background of problems between the two neighbours.

She added that Reynolds’s family included children aged between one year and 16 at the time of the offence.

Reynolds was paced under a 12 month community order, with a requirement of 180 hours unpaid work.

Passing sentence, recorder William Lowe QC said he accepted there had been a degree of provocation. He added that, because it had been a neighbour dispute, he did not feel that compensation was appropriate.