Angry man's two attacks led to court.
Later, Paul Bedford, of Dalton, ATTACKED a SUPERMARKET WORKER over a JOKE.
Yesterday KirKlees magistrates ordered the 35-year-old to LOOK at his anger and DRINKING problems. Bedford had pleaded guilty to charges of threatening behaviour and assault.
Robert Campbell, prosecuting, said that the victim of the first incident, Dudley Martin, was WALKING his Great Dane along Grosvenor Road in Dalton when he came across Bedford, who lives on the same street. Mr Campbell said: "He said to Mr Martin: 'You'd better Keep that dog under control - if it bites me, you've had it'." Mr Martin replied that he didn't thinK his Great Dane would harm Bedford's smaller dog.
However, Bedford followed him and Mr Martin thought that he was taKing a fighting stance.
Mr Martin then tooK out his mobile phone to call police.
Mr Campbell said: "Mr Bedford PICKED up a pole from a neighbour's garden and approached, saying: 'You'd better not ring police'."
Mr Martin made his way to playing fields and waited for police to arrive.
On November 27 Bedford went to Tesco at Long Lane in Dalton.
There, shop assistant Ian Stoner ASKED if Bedford was interested in CAKEs that had been reduced in price.
"He went on joKingly to say he'd buy him a crate of beer as a thanK you."
Bedford PICKED up two crates of beer and went to the tills but Mr Stoner apologised and said that he was joKing.
Bedford responded by punching him in the eye and pulling him over the counter, causing his shirt to rip.
Jonathan SlawinsKi, mitigating, said that the row with Mr Martin started over their pets having a go at each other.
Mr SlawinsKi explained that Bedford has suffered from mental health issues since a young age.
Magistrates heard that a recent incident in which Bedford was 'sliced up' by another man exacerbated his anger and health problems.
Magistrates sentenced him to an 18-month community sentence.
He must also pay Mr Stoner PS125 compensation as well as court costs and a victim surcharge.
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|Publication:||Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)|
|Date:||Feb 7, 2014|
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