A Great Harwood man who used stepladders to climb over a garden fence and batter his neighbour has been spared jail.
James Corps left victim Glen O'Connell with a smashed wrist, three broken ribs, lumps to his head and two black eyes.
A court heard how Corps had told his neighbour: “I have had enough of you lot. I am going to kill you”.
Father-of-three Corps, of Kingsway, was given 36 weeks in jail, suspended for a year, with six months supervision after admitting inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Sentencing Corps, who was once hailed as a hero after helping save the life of a farmer who collapsed in a field, Judge Beverley Lunt said: “This is a neighbourhood dispute that has just gone mad.”
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David Macro, prosecuting, said the defendant and the victim, a joiner, had not got on for about two years.
On June 4, Corps's family had visitors and the children appeared to have been noisy.
The victim had gone out at about 9.45pm and made some noise putting rubbish in the bin.
The pair exchanged comments over the fence and the court heard that Corps put stepladders up, climbed over, and was shouting: “I hate you all. I hate your missus”.
He went straight for the victim and hit him several times in the face, knocking off his glasses.
Mr O'Connell, who had tried to fight back, could not see very well, stumbled and believed that was when he fractured his wrist.
Mr Macro said he got up, the defendant continued to attack him and Mr O'Connell slumped over his car. He was completely defenceless because of his injured arm and curled into the foetal position to protect himself.
Simeon Evans, for Corps, said he must have got into a rage. He apologised and did not mean for the incident to go that far.
He told the court: “This was an aberration, albeit one with very unfortunate and serious consequences for Mr O'Connell. The defendant would say it was Mr O'Connell who struck the first blow.”
Following the court case the Observer approached both Corps and Mr O'Connell, who still live next door to one and other.
Corps said: “I have nothing to say about it. It's over now and done and I don't want to say any more.”
After the hearing DI Claire Holbrook, of Accrington CID, said: “The offender has been forced to leave his home for a few months pending the court case and I'm sure that the court result and his estrangement from his own family have served as punishment enough.
“This is an unfortunate tale whereby a neighbourhood disagreement has got out of hand resulting in one of the neighbours attacking the other and resulting in serious injuries.
“While we cannot all appreciate that we can't always get on with our neighbours everybody has to understand that we cannot take the law into our own hands and inflict serious injuries on others.”