Shocking moment pub landlord punches elderly neighbour in row over ‘smelly’ bins

Mr Procter’s wife Tarni hears the attack and attempts to pull Winward away, but she too is wrestled to the floor as she asks him to stop because of the cancer treatment, to which he reportedly replied: “Well, then he’s going to die anyway.”

Winward then followed them into their home and smashed a mirror, a sound bar, a TV and several ornaments, causing £1,000 worth of damage.

Injuries like a car crash

Last week, Winward avoided jail after Preston Crown Court heard he has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which causes him to have a heightened perception of threat.

After the verdict, Mr Procter told MailOnline: “The whole street was annoyed that he was dragging his commercial bins out of the back of the pub. Everybody on the street was objecting. It’s a narrow street and it’s almost impossible to get a big wagon down here to the back of his pub.”

He added: “My wife actually thought he was going to kill me…  He did quite a lot of damage. When I went to hospital, they thought I’d been in a car crash.”

Chris Hudson, defending Winward, said that since the attack he had been working with the PTSD charity Combat Stress, and told the court: “He was damaged in the service of his country and that is significant.”

District Judge Paul Healey imposed a ten-month sentence on Winward, suspended for 18 months, with conditions, alongside a two-year restraining order.

He must carry out 30 days of rehabilitation activity requirements, 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,000 for the damage he caused and £1,000 compensation to the couple he attacked.

The judge said: “You have strong personal mitigation and there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation.”

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