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Swansea man on trial accused of wielding hammer and hatchet at neighbour over dog disagreement

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 13, 2013

Christopher Thomas, pictured on a date prior to yesterday’s court proceedings, is accused of wielding a hammer and hatchet at his neighbour

A MAN has gone on trial accused of wielding a hammer and hatchet at his neighbour during an argument about his dog.

Christopher Thomas, 46, of Port Tennant Road, denies affray, possession of a bladed article, namely a hatchet, and possession of an offensive weapon, a hammer.

He is alleged to have gone to the home of Richard Foot, who lives two doors down on St Leger Crescent, and tried to stroke Mr Foot's Staffordshire Bull terrier, Gizmo.

Creighton Harvey, prosecuting at Swansea Crown Court, said Mr Foot's partner told Thomas not to touch the dog because he was "not good" with strangers.

The prosecution said the dog then growled at Thomas, but the defence said he then lurched towards Thomas.

Thomas is then alleged to have gone home, but returned five minutes later wielding a hammer.

Mr Harvey said: "The defendant was clearly in an angry mood, threatening to hit Gizmo and causing Mr Foot to fear for his safety and that of his family."

Mr Foot told the jury when Thomas returned, he said: "It's a nasty animal, get it out here, I am going to ****ing kill it."

It is alleged Thomas then picked up a hatchet, being used in the garden by Mr Foot for DIY, and held that in his other hand.

The prosecution said Thomas only put the weapons down when another neighbour came outside and confronted him, taking the hammer from his hand and causing him to drop the hatchet.

It is alleged Thomas went home, but returned for a third time, banging on the door saying: "It's not you I have a problem with, it's the ****ing dog."

Mr Foot took to the witness stand and said he had been working in his garden at around 6.30pm on April 21 when Thomas came round. He said Thomas was drunk and despite being warned not to touch the dog, he did.

Mr Foot said Thomas had the hatchet behind his back and the hammer held up.

He said he was "shocked" by Thomas's behaviour because Thomas had a similar dog.

When asked by Mr Harvey how he felt during the incident, Mr Foot replied: "I was paranoid for my family."

He denied doing anything to provoke Thomas, who said he did not have the hatchet in his hand, and said the hammer was being held in self-defence.

The trial continues.

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