Dog owner who attacked neighbour with saw after row about barking is jailed

A Hengrove man convicted of attacking his upstairs neighbour with a wood saw has been jailed. Bristol Crown Court heard Grantley Hunt admitted taping a note to his neighbour Mike Forde’s front door, complaining about Forde’s two dogs barking.

Mr Hunt told Bristol Crown Court that when Forde arrived home he knocked on his door, said “come on you b*****d”, dragged him outside and subjected him to a ferocious, sustained assault. Mr Hunt told the jury: “All he said was, ‘come on you b*****d’ and pulled me out. That’s all I can remember.”

Forde, 61, of Westleigh Park, denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on October 22, 2021. A jury was unanimous in finding him guilty of the charge.

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Judge Euan Ambrose jailed Forde for seven years. He also imposed a restraining order, banning Forde from contact with Mr Hunt or from going to Westleigh Park.

Simon Burns, prosecuting, said the barking of Forde’s two dogs led to animosity between Forde and Mr Hunt. He said that ultimately Forde snapped, attacked Mr Hunt with the saw and left him with 10 head injuries including a sliced ear and 15 injuries to his back.

When Forde was arrested for the alleged assault he gave police a prepared statement. He told officers: “I deny wounding with intent on October 21, 2021.

“My actions were in self-defence as I feared for my life. I opened the door and he charged at me with a saw, there was threatening and swearing.” Mr Hunt described “continual barking” from Forde’s dogs. He said: “Its just terrible, it just grinds you down.”

A photo of the wood saw recovered in the Mike Forde wounding case
Wood saw recovered in the Mike Forde wounding case

He said he had phoned the council and spoken to Forde about the issue. But he told how his efforts had not resolved the issue.

Mr Hunt admitted that after some drinks he taped a note to Forde’s door. It read: “Bark, bark, bark, bark, bark. Enough.”

He said that later that night Forde banged on his door, pulled him outside and attacked him. He said he had not attacked Forde with a saw and he remembered nothing other than next being in hospital having his head injuries stitched.

Shirley Lee, a neighbour of the men, described seeing Mr Hunt on the ground and Forde restraining him with a head lock and punching Mr Hunt once. Miss Lee said she tried to pull Forde away before helping a bloody Mr Hunt inside his home and giving him first aid.

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