Christopher Newcomb was trying to avenge an elderly neighbour who had reportedly been subjected to anti-social behaviour by the victim by showing up to his house and beating him up
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A married dad-of-three took matters into his own hands and beat up a neighbourhood “bully” before hitting them with his van.
Christopher Newcomb, 33, was trying to avenge an elderly neighbour who had been subjected to anti-social behaviour by the victim, Leicester Crown Court heard.
The court heard it escalated when Newcomb called at the victim’s home on Wigston’s Fairfield estate on Sunday, September 27.
Newcomb decided to take “the law into his own hands” to deal with a reported dispute between the victim and an elderly neighbour – which did not personally involve him, LeicesterMercury reports.
Priya Bakshi, prosecuting, said the victim did not know the defendant, who arrived at his door and immediately punched him to the floor.
She said: “Newcomb continued punching the complainant about six times to his face.
“The victim’s wife was screaming as the defendant proceeded to kick and knee her husband.”
Newcomb then left saying if the man did not “leave alone” an elderly neighbour “I will kill you”.
The victim then got onto his bicycle and followed the defendant’s van.
Newcomb then drove on the wrong side of the road, mounted the pavement and collided with the victim, deliberately knocking him off the bike.
The van also caused more than £2,000 worth of damage when it struck a front garden wall and a vehicle in a driveway.
Ms Bakshi said: “The defendant got out and grabbed the victim, pushing him against a car causing him to bang his head on it.”
Newcomb left the scene in his van, but was traced through his registration number that was noted by a witness.
The victim suffered cuts, bruising, burst blood vessels in his left eye and a chest injury, but did not require hospital treatment.
In a personal impact statement, he said he was “battered and bruised” with painful shoulders and had struggled psychologically, having later been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
He stated: “Every time I see I white van, I panic.”
The victim has since moved “for the sake of his wellbeing”, the prosecutor said.
Newcomb, of Aylestone, Leicester, admitted dangerous driving and causing actual bodily harm.
Gary Short, mitigating, said there had been previous incidents of anti-social behaviour by the victim towards an 85-year-old woman neighbour and her disabled son, in his 50’s.
He explained it involved verbal comments, bullying and throwing items into the pensioner’s garden.
It was reported to both the council and police in April 2020.
A police community support worker made visits to the pensioner to monitor the situation, a letter to the court from the pensioner said.
The defendant’s uncle, who lives on the same street, was said to have witnessed the alleged bad behaviour and told Newcomb about it.
It then resulted in Newcomb taking the matters into his own hands. When he was arrested he told police the victim had been harassing the pensioner neighbour – which the victim denied.
Mr Short said the defendant was a plumber and gas engineer and that business would suffer if he went into custody.
The defendant’s uncle gave evidence, saying the elderly woman neighbour used to be fearful of going outside because of alleged anti-social behaviour from the victim of the assault – but her situation had improved since the complainant had moved away.
Sentencing, Judge Robert Brown told Newcomb: “You perceived a real grievance by this elderly lady and her son, but it’s no excuse for what you did.
“Nobody takes the law into their own hands and it doesn’t justify your behaviour in any way.
“I am satisfied you’re genuinely remorseful.”
Newcomb was given a 21-month jail sentence, suspended for two years. He was banned from driving for 12 months.
The judge ordered him to pay £1,000 compensation to the assault victim and £2,075 compensation to the householder, whose wall and vehicle were damaged in Dorset Avenue.