Man attacks neighbour as sleep is disturbed

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.

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A MAN took revenge on the person he believed had been disturbing his sleep.

Joseph Latta launched an attack on neighbour Lee Banks, Blackpool Magistrates Court were told.

He headbutted Mr Banks, then punched him in the face. Latta’s victim then fell to the floor where he kicked him.

Latta, 44, a site project manager for a decorating company, admitted assault.

Chrissie Hunt, prosecuting, said when Latta was arrested he told police he could not remember committing the assault and had panicked.

Alan Godwin, defending, said Latta, of Kylemore Avenue, Bispham, went to bed early because he needed to leave home for work at 5am.

But his sleep pattern was being broken because of noise he believed was coming from Mr Banks’ house.

He had words with Mr Banks about the disturbance and then saw Banks again the following day.

Mr Godwin said: “He decided to talk to Mr Banks feeling he might have gone over the top the previous day.”

“Mr Banks was pushing his bike down the street and my client accidentally caught his foot in the bike wheel.

“That appears to have started a confrontation and my client accepted he must have lost his temper and headbutted the aggrieved. All he can remember is being pulled off Mr Banks by a friend and being taken home.

“He has never done anything like this before and has learned a hard lesson.”

Magistrates sentenced Latta to eight weeks’ prison suspended for a year. He must also do 120 hours’ unpaid work for the community, pay £500 compensation and £85 costs.