Apology from pensioner after attack on neighbour over noise

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A PENSIONER has apologised in court after attacking his neighbour with a piece of a Soda Stream machine in a row over noise.

Geoffrey Challice, 74, of South Avenue, confronted Scott Wilson after a complaint was made to the housing officer about Challice making noise.

He lashed out at Mr Wilson, using the Soda Stream item to strike him on the hands.

After shutting the front door the court was told Mr Wilson could hear Challice shouting abuse and saying, ‘I will continue to play music as loud as I like’.

In interview Challice said he went to the address armed with the item for his own protection and claimed that when Mr Wilson opened the door he was waving a knife at him.

Challice maintained he took the item out of his pocket to brush it away.

He pleaded guilty to assault by beating when he appeared at Eastbourne Magistrates Court.

Madeleine Priestley, defending, said there had been a build up of tension and that while the defendant would play his music Mr Wilson would be doing DIY at all times of the day and night.

She added, “Mr Challice went round to speak to Mr Wilson and this escalated in an altercation as you have heard.

“He accepted he did what he did, he is very sorry for what he did, he was detained in police custody for several hours.

“He had the experience that he has never had before in terms of having to come to court.”

She added in her submission that the incident was a ‘one-off’ and that Challice would do what he could to build the necessary bridges.

Challice was given a six-month conditional discharge and must pay £85 court costs.