Leeds man jailed over neighbour dog row

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A MAN has been jailed after he attacked two of his neighbours with a knife during a dispute over a dog.

Leland Williamson, 22, was given a 12 month prison sentence after he left one man with injuries to his stomach and another needed plastic surgery for stab wounds to his hand.

Leeds Crown Court heard the incident happened on July 8 last year after a row between Williamson and neighbours who lived on the same street as him in Armley.

Phillip Adams, prosecuting, said the dispute began around 3.30pm when a dog belonging to one of the neighbours got into Williamson’s garden.

Mr Adams said Williamson threatened to stab the dog as he thought it had tried to attack his younger brother.

Williamson then went into the street to confront one of the neighbours and armed himself with a large kitchen knife.

Mr Adams said Williamson lashed out with the weapon during the confrontation and caused cuts and scratches to the victim’s arms and abdomen.

Williamson then went back inside his house and closed the door but another neighbour approached his property carrying a metal chair.

He banged on the door repeatedly with the chair and Williamson came outside still holding the knife.

Williamson swung the knife at the man and made contact with his chest, hands and forearm as he shouted threats.

The man had to undergo plastic surgery on a wound to his thumb.

Williamson was arrested later that evening and officers found a small amount of cannabis in the property.

He was interviewed about the incident and initially claimed he had been trying to defend himself.

Williamson, now of Lymington Road, Bradford, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a class B drug.

Rukhshanda Hussain, mitigating, said Williamson had been concerned about the safety of his younger brother and took exception to the dog going into his garden.

She said Williamson accepted that he had reacted angrily. She said the two men injured in the incident were known criminals and had worse records than Williamson.

Recorder David Osborne said: “This was an extremely unpleasant and dangerous incident.

“These courts, from time to time, receive murder cases as a result of the kind of circumstances you were in that day.

“When people go out on the streets with knives they can end up dead. It is so serious that only a custodial sentence can be imposed in my view.”

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