Dad jailed over garden fork attack on neighbour in Leeds street

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A DAD who attacked his neighbour with a garden fork and a pair of shears has been jailed.

Daniel Edge also pulled off the turban being worn by victim Gurpreet Rehal before punching him the face during the attack.

Leeds Crown Court heard Mr Rehal was attacked when he went to intervene as Edge and his partner were involved in a dispute in the street outside their home on Newton Park Drive, Chapeltown, on March 14 this year.

Philip Adams, prosecuting, said Edge had spent the previous night drinking and returned home around 2pm.

He rowed with his partner and followed her outside when she went to the car with their eight-year-old son.

Edge picked up a tool box and used it to smash both windows on the driver’s side, showering his partner and the youngster with glass.

Mr Rehal and his brother-in-law Sarbit Kular went to intervene and Edge became violent towards them.

Mr Adams said: “He grabbed the complainant’s turban and threw it to the ground before punching out and striking the complainant in the mouth.”

Edge then ran back to his house, picked up a pair of garden edging shears and ran at Mr Rehal with them raised above his head.

Rehal ran inside Mr Kular’s home and closed the door behind him.

Edge used the shears to smash a panel of glass in the door frame and glass in the living room window.

The prosecutor said there came a point when Mr Rehal thought Edge had gone away and he opened the door to look outside.

Edge then tried to “hack” at him through the door. The blades of the shears became trapped in the door and Mr Rehal was able to pull them away from his attacker.

Edge then turned and ran back to his own home and was chased by Mr Rehal and Mr Kular. He then picked up a garden fork and used it to strike out at Mr Rehal. The weapon caught him on the leg and caused a graze to his thigh.

Mr Rehal and Mr Kular managed to restrain Edge and held him until police arrived. Officers had to used CS spray on Edge as he continued to struggle when they arrived to arrest him.

Edge pleaded guilty to affray, two offences of common assault and obstructing a police officer.

He was subject to a suspended prison sentence for driving while disqualified at the time of the office.

Ian Cook, mitigating, said Edge’s offending was linked to drug use.

Recorder Henry Prosser jailed Edge for 12 months: “Your behaviour was really quite appalling. I’m afraid that I simply cannot overlook offending of that seriousness.”