Shocking footage of thugs attacking their neighbour in dispute over cutting down trees is released as both attackers are spared jail
- John Foster, 36, attacked Stephen Walker outside a house in north-east Wales
- The pair were in a dispute over cutting down trees between two gardens
- Foster, a builder, and his accomplice Liam Williams, 34, left Mr Walker with facial injuries including a triple fracture to the left orbital floor that needed surgery
- The pair walked free from court, despite admitting to GBH and common assault
This is the shocking moment a man was caught attacking his neighbour in a row over trees.
CCTV footage shows John Foster, 36, attack Stephen Walker outside a house in Kinmel Bay, north-east Wales.
Foster, a builder, and his accomplice Liam Williams, 34, left Mr Walker with facial injuries including a triple fracture to the left orbital floor that needed surgery.
Despite serious injuries and admitting to the assault that was caught on camera, Williams and Walker walked free from court.
In the footage Foster is seen repeatedly punching Mr Walker outside Walker's girlfriend's house and Williams is seen kicking Mr Walker in the head as he lies on the ground.
Judge Rhys Rowlands told the pair they were 'looking for trouble and looking to be violent' in a hearing at Mold Crown Court, yesterday.
Mr Walker had been cutting the branches down at his girlfriend's house with his friend Samuel Roberts.
Anna Price, prosecuting, said Mr Walker's partner had asked Foster to have the trees cut back after seeking legal advice.
However, after it was not done, she arranged for Mr Walker and Mr Roberts to carry out the work.
Foster, and his employee Williams then arrived at the property, the court heard.
CCTV footage shows John Foster, 36, attack Stephen Walker outside a house in Kinmel Bay, north-east Wales
Foster, a builder, and his accomplice Liam Wiliams, 34, left Mr Walker with facial injuries including a triple fracture to the left orbital floor that needed surgery
When Mr Roberts tried to break up the fight Williams threw a brick at him which hit him on the arm and damaged Mr Walker's truck.
The pair plead guilty to Gross Bodily Harm on Mr Walker and common assault on Mr Roberts. Williams also admitted a further charge of damage to Mr Walker's vehicle.
Judge Rhys Rowlands said the violence took place against a background of 'an unfortunate and unnecessary dispute' between neighbours' and that 'such disputes are not uncommon.'
Mr Walker had been cutting the branches down at his girlfriend's house with his friend Samuel Roberts when the pair attacked them both
Foster grabbed Mr Walker and punched him repeatedly causing him to fall over the wall (pictured) Judge Rowlands said: 'you fell on top of him and even then you continued to punch him'
Judge Rowlands added that Foster and Williams had in this case lost 'all sense of proportion' of 'what was right and wrong'.
The Judge also said Mr Walker had been contacted by Foster's partner and although he did not know the details of what was said it was clear she was 'difficult and stand-offish' and that she had directly caused the problem that evening.
Mr Walker and Mr Roberts stopped trimming trees when asked by Foster's partner.
But while they were tidying up, the defendants turned up and were 'determined to throw their weight around' the court heard.
When Mr Roberts tried to break up the fight Williams threw a brick at him which hit him on the arm and damaged Mr Walker's truck
Foster has a violent history despite keeping out of trouble for the last decade.
Between 2000 an 2007 he ran up seven convictions including GBH, damage and battery.
Both Foster and Williams were given a 22-month prison sentence suspended for two years and were placed on rehabilitation.
Foster from Kinmel Bay was ordered to pay Mr Walker £3,500 in compensation and £750 prosecution costs.
Williams from Rhyl, north east Wales, was ordered to pay £250 compensation to Mr Roberts with £250 prosecution costs.
Duncan Bould, defending Walker, said his client had been out of trouble for ten years, had transformed his life. He added that Walker now ran a successful building company with six people and other sub-contractors relied upon him for work.
Phillip Tully, defending Williams, said his client acted out of a sense of loyalty and friendship.
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