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Kenneth Royston Hansford, 58 and of Victoria Square on Portland, appeared at Weymouth Magistrates’  Court on Wednesday, March 15, where he pleaded guilty to one count of attack occasioning real physical damage in relation to the occurrence.

The court heard how, on June 16 of in 2015, the victim had actually been looking for his missing out on cat around Victoria Square and authorities had actually fielded numerous telephone call in relation to his behaviour.

Various reports to authorities were made about the victim ‘persistently shouting, knocking on doors, and being aggressive’.

At 4.30pm authorities reached the victim’s flat where he lay within and ‘very upset’ since he had actually lost his cat. A neighbour was inside assisting him to cool down and authorities left the property.

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Shortly later on the victim returned outdoors in an effort to discover his missing out on cat and it was reported he was intoxicated and continued to ‘scream and shout’ in the street.

It is then that Hansford ‘came along to the end of his courtyard, picked up a garden fence post, and walked back towards the victim’, the court heard.

Elizabeth Valera, prosecuting, said Hansford struck the victim to the stomach and after that over the head – triggering ‘significant’ damage to the man.

Pictures of the injuries were displayed in court in which a big cut to the head, which needed gluing shut, showed up in addition to markings to the stomach and hand. The victim needed 5 stitches to his hand and images of his blood-splattered t-shirt were likewise revealed to the court.

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Ms Valera said the CPS put the offenses at a sentencing start point of 36 weeks in custody – prior to credit for the guilty plea and mitigation was considered.

Lee Christmas, representing Hansford, informed the court a pre-sentence report would have the ability to take into consideration ‘provocation’ that developed to the attack.

Mr Christmas said Hansford had actually ‘put up, for over a year, with similar behaviour from the victim’ and had struck the victim after ‘threats were made’ towards him.

He included that the victim had actually apparently made hazards to burn individuals’s homes down on the day in concern which the attack occurred after Hansford ‘lost his temper’.

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The case was adjourned for sentencing on May 11, 2023 at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court.

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