Peter Smythe, a 74 year old pensioner, appeared in court accused of leaving his neighbour Nigel Clark with a fractured nose and eye socket after hitting him with a leaf blower outside their homes during a dispute over a boundary ditch.

Clark told the court he and his wife, Hervor, were hoping to buy Peter and Gillian Smythe’s house in about 2013/14 but the sale fell through. He then bought Linnel House next door, demolished it and built a new property.

A landscape gardener had done work to the ditch a few weeks before the confrontation.

Clark told the court he was unaware of any problem between them. He said that on 4th July he walked past Smythe and said ‘Hello’.

He told the court, “He said the ditch is half his and I said, ‘It’s not’. I said it’s definitely mine. Very quickly he became quite heated so I said, ‘Calm down.’”

The trial continues.

Neighbour boundary dispute

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Shalish acts on behalf of both private individuals and commercial clients, bringing or defending claims in the High Court or the County Court. Shalish is fluent in Gujarati and will happily represent those for whom Gujariti is the first language, in English. Shalish is also able to advise and assist with negotiations to resolve disputes, avoiding the need for court proceedings. Shalish joined the firm 10 years ago, very shortly after he qualified as a solicitor. Shalish is a keen sportsman, regularly playing cricket and five-a-side football. He is also a self-confessed foodie, taking great pleasure in sampling different cuisines from around the world. Currently, Shalish is pursuing his interest in languages, attending evening Spanish lessons at a local college.