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Man 'used garden fork in Norwich dog owner attack'

A man has been sentenced for hitting a dog owner in the face with a bag of excrement before attacking him with a garden fork in Norwich.

Richard Rushmere, 40, of Wilby Road, Norwich, admitted assaulting James Brennan, causing him actual bodily harm, on 23 November.

The court heard Rushmere got angry when he saw Mr Brennan in his communal garden with a pit bull-type dog.

Rushmere was given a three-month sentence suspended for 12 months.

'Peaceful man'

He was also given a 12 month supervision order at Norwich Crown Court.

The hearing was told that when Rushmere saw Mr Brennan, he hit him in the face with a plastic bag full of dog excrement.

He then took a garden fork and thrust it towards Mr Brennan's rib area, causing a four-inch long graze to it.

Michael Clare, representing Rushmere, said his client was usually a peaceful man who had let himself down on this occasion.

Judge Paul Downes told Rushmere: "You are not allowed to go after people with garden forks."

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