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Supervision order for man who punched pensioner on Grasmere Court St Helens
A MAN who attacked a pensioner after accusing him of watering his plants has avoided a jail term.
Steven John Hatton admitted attacking 78-year-old Edward Pickavance outside a block of flats on Grasmere Court in Haresfinch.
But magistrates decided to impose a 12-month supervision order for the offence that had left the pensioner “terrified of going out on his own”.
The court had heard previously of ongoing tensions between the men for several years, and on the day in question Hatton approached the pensioner and told him to stop watering his plants.
Hatton, 53, punched Mr Pickavance to the side of the head, knocking him to the ground and continued to hit him.
Mr Pickavance had denied watering the plants and the blow knocked to the ground, causing him to bang his head on a doorstep. He suffered cuts and bruises.
At the sentencing prosecutors told the court the pensioner’s victim impact statement revealed he has been left frightened by the ordeal and “does not feel safe anymore in his own home”.
Defending, Paul Potter described Hatton as a loner, who “keeps himself to himself”. He said his client “had never troubled the courts” before.
Magistrates said Hatton would continue to undergo psychiatric treatment to help him overcome “some of his problems”.