Barbecue machete attack man jailed for five years

Paul Sanderson
Image caption Sanderson attacked Wayne Peckham at a family barbecue

A man who attacked his neighbour with a machete at a family barbecue in Norfolk after a dispute over garden waste has been jailed for five years.

Paul Sanderson, 44, of Tower Road, Hilgay, had pleaded guilty to causing Wayne Peckham grievous bodily harm with intent after the attack in July.

Mr Peckham was left with a fractured skull and head and hand injuries.

Sentencing Sanderson at Norwich Crown Court, the judge described the offence as "very serious".

Armed response units

Speaking after the case, Det Con Sarah Mitchell said: "This was a very nasty and unexpected assault that happened while the victim was enjoying a family barbecue.

"We hope the lengthy custodial sentence helps Mr Peckham and his family to put the incident behind them and also deter others from taking the law into their own hands in this way."

Emergency services were called to the scene in Manby Close on the afternoon of Saturday 10 July.

Police armed response units, helicopter and dog units were also sent to the scene, but Sanderson had fled in a taxi.

He was arrested and remanded in custody two days later when he handed himself in at Thetford Police Station.

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