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Thug neighbour, 52, who broke 70-year-old female pensioner’s ribs and collar bone in violent attack after row over fence turned ugly is jailed for nearly four

A thug neighbour who broke a 70-year-old woman’s ribs and collar bone in a violent attack after a row over a fence has been jailed for nearly four years.

Brian Saunders left Wendy Douglas with a fractured eye socket, broken collar bone and broken ribs during the incident at her home.

Jurors at Newcastle Crown Court heard how Ms Douglas lived next door to Saunders’ parents on Newcastle’s Kingston Park estate when the neighbours got embroiled in a dispute over a fence and an ivy bush.

Events came to a head on June 12, 2021, when Ms Douglas started trimming a bush which she claimed was in her garden. 

Her neighbour came out and began shouting at her before going back to his property, but then returned and demanded the cuttings from the plant, the court heard.

Ms Douglas, who was 68 at the time of the incident, told the court that Saunders later arrived at his parents’ house and after a conversation about about putting up a new fence he assaulted her.

Brian Saunders, 52 , attacked his then 68-year-old neighbour and broke her ribs and collar bone in a row over a fence and ivy bush, a court heard

Brian Saunders, 52 , attacked his then 68-year-old neighbour and broke her ribs and collar bone in a row over a fence and ivy bush, a court heard

Saunders has been jailed for three years and nine months after being found guilty of causing grievous <a href=bodily harm” class=”blkBorder img-share” style=”max-width:100%” /

Saunders has been jailed for three years and nine months after being found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm

Saunders, 52, of Melness Road, Hazlerigg, has now been jailed for three years and nine months after he was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. 

After seeing her attacker sentenced, Ms Douglas told of her shock at being assaulted on her own property.

The 70-year-old said: ‘It was horrendous. I was frightened. But it all happened

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