A former RAF serviceman has been given an 18-month suspended prison sentence after he kicked his neighbour in the face during “a few mad seconds”.
David McAllister, 54, of Rivehall Drive, Welton, who was commended during a long RAF career, left neighbour Ken Collins with an undisplaced fracture of his left cheekbone.
Lincoln Crown Court heard how other neighbours saw the two men wrestling with each other after Mr Collins asked McAllister to move his car.
One witness described the blow inflicted by McAllister on Mr Collins as “like a footballer kicking a ball really hard”.
Another witness described how he was shocked to see McAllister kick Mr Collins as he tried to get up.
The court was told the two men had been neighbours for about 15 years without any problems.
McAllister must now pay his neighbour £2,500 compensation.
Prosecuting, Andrew Scott, said Mr Collins had tried to back away when McAllister became aggressive and retreated towards his own garage. The two men ended up wrestling on the floor and Mr Collins’ shirt came off over his head.
Since the incident Mr Collins has erected a six foot fence between the two properties and no longer wants to speak to his neighbour, the court was told.
In a victim impact statement, which was read out in court, Mr Collins said he still had some numbness six months after the attack and felt his personality had changed.
Mr Collins said: “I am a sensible person, I want to see justice done.”
Mitigating, David Eager, said the “red mist” had come down for McAllister.
McAllister admitted a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm to Mr Collins on July 10 last year.
He was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years.
Passing sentence Recorder Stuart Rafferty QC said he hoped that in time the two men would be able to resume their friendship.
Recorder Rafferty said McAllister had previously been a model citizen.
He said: “You are a man of 54, you served your country in the RAF long and well, and were commended for doing so. You are a respectable family man, with a responsible job.”
He added: “All that changed in a few mad seconds.”