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William Ross jailed for Luton gate row hammer attack

Old Bedford Road, Luton
Image caption William Ross attacked Mark Bardy in a row over a gate in Old Bedford Road, Luton

A man has been jailed for a "terrifying" hammer attack on a carpenter in a row over a gate.

William Ross, 54, of Old Bedford Road, Luton, objected to plans by other residents to fit a locked gate to an alley used by prostitutes.

He attacked Mark Bardy on 31 January, hitting him three times.

Ross, who admitted wounding with intent and possessing an offensive weapon, was jailed for three and a half years at Luton Crown Court on Friday.

Daniel Bishop, prosecuting, said Mr Bardy was the boyfriend of one of the residents of the flats.

As he was fitting the lock, Ross challenged him about whether he had permission.

'Unable to see'

Mr Bishop said: "The defendant struck him three times with a hammer, the first to the side of his temple and twice while he was lying on the ground.

"The victim felt blood running down his face and being unable to see. His girlfriend could see what was happening and called for help."

He said that fortunately the blows had not caused skull fractures or internal bleeding.

Judge Phillip Bartle told him said: "You took a hammer to this man and if you had used more force than you did you could have killed him.

"Reliving that event must be terrifying for him."