Victim of neighbour dispute still has boarded up windows six months on

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A man who had the windows of his Halifax home smashed by an angry drunken neighbour has not yet been able to replace them six months after the attack.

A judge at Bradford Crown Court heard today (Wednesday) how Rui Carduso had been caused misery and upset by the behaviour of neighbour Samson Gray and his ordeal culminated in a violent attack on his Hambleton Drive home last October.

Prosecutor Peter Byrne said unemployed Gray, 46, was upset when he received a court summons and went round to his near neighbour’s home in the early evening.

Mr Carduso was in a bedroom upstairs but he could hear the defendant shouting threats to kill him and heard the sound of breaking glass.

The court heard how Gray used a plank of wood smashed various windows at the property leaving a trail of damage estimated at more than £3,800.

Gray was heard shouting get out here I’m going to kill you as he caused damage to the house.

Police were called to the property and Gray was arrested soon after the incident.

In a victim impact statement Mr Carduso said he had been traumatised by the attack and had suffered sleeplessness and anxiety.

He said the problems had been going on for a couple of months and he couldn’t take any more.

In a second impact statement Mr Carduso said the windows at his home were still boarded up.

In January Gray, who now lives with his partner and three children in Gibraltar Road, Halifax, was fined for another incident last August also involving Mr Carduso and the magistrates imposed a banning order which stops him going to the Hambleton estate area.

Gray, whose baby son died in tragic circumstances, pleaded guilty to charges of affray and criminal damage and today/yesterday Judge Peter Benson suspended his nine-month sentence for two years.

Barrister Ken Green, for Gray, conceded that excessive alcohol was at the heart of his client’s problems.

He said Gray was voluntarily attending an alcohol treatment project and he also had plans to move to Scotland.

Judge Benson said he was concerned about the fact that the victim had not been able to replace his windows, but after hearing that Gray and his partner were receiving benefits he said he could not make a compensation order against him.

“This sort of conduct directed at this individual is not to be tolerated,” the judge told Gray.

“It seems to me inevitable that a custodial sentence should be imposed however there are some signs that you are now aware of the fact that you must address your alcohol.”

In addition to the suspended prison sentence Gray will also have to do 120 hours unpaid work for the community and comply with a 30-day activity requirement.

Judge Benson also imposed a restraining order which means Gray cannot contact Mr Carduso directly or indirectly.

If he breaches that order Gray could face a prison sentence of up to five years.