Dad attacked with hammer after row with his neighbour
A NEW dad was attacked with a hammer after he asked his rowdy neighbours to be quiet to stop his baby waking up.
Robert Phee heard his neighbours in Bransholme arguing at 11pm.
He challenged the three of them, including Philip Thundercliffe, and asked them to be quiet to stop his four- month-old baby from waking up.
Hull Crown Court heard the gang then threatened him for intervening and one tried to assault his partner.
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Mr Phee punched one man in self-defence. When Thundercliffe saw what happened, he ran and armed himself with a claw hammer.
Thundercliffe, 21, swung the hammer at Mr Phee as he was talking to the other men and it caught him in the face.
Prosecutor Stephen Robinson said: "As they were talking to him, the defendant climbed over the fence. He levered himself up and Mr Phee saw him swinging an object towards his head.
"He realised it was a claw hammer when he saw it swinging towards him. He moved back but it struck him in his face.
"He said it was a frightening incident."
Mr Phee was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary suffering from cuts and bruises.
In a victim impact statement read to the court, he said: "I'm very angry at what happened. I made a reasonable request for people to move away from my house. I was in pain after the attack."
Labourer Thundercliffe, of Blackhope Close, Bransholme, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon.
His barrister Richard Woolfall said: "Mr Phee punched Mr Thunderclifffe's friend to the jaw. It sent him to the floor and at that point the defendant ran off.
"He accepted he went up the street to get a hammer and he behaved in a wholly inappropriate way and cannot be excused.
"Clearly he had too much to drink and it was misguided by loyalty and immaturity.
"It is quite clear he is shocked at the way he has behaved and he accepts matters could have been a lot more serious.
"The thought of going to custody frightens him.
"He has made considerable efforts to turn his life around."
Recorder Jeremy Hill-Baker spared the offender jail.
Instead, Thundercliffe was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 12 months supervision.
However, the judge warned him he will be jailed for 18 months if he is in trouble with the law again.
The judge said: "The troubling feature was the striking of the blow to the face with a claw hammer in this man's own garden when he has shown great restraint and he has to live in that neighbourhood."