Hunton man threatened to strangle neighbour’s autistic daughter

York Magistrates' Court.

A man who hit one neighbour with a baseball bat and told another he would strangle her autistic daughter has been given a community order.

Jack Brown, 26, of Leyburn Road, Hunton, also assaulted and harassed his then girlfriend.

Brown appeared for sentencing at York Magistrates’ Court today after admitting a number of offences, including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault by beating, harassment and being involved in the production of cannabis.

The court heard how during an incident in November 12, 2020, Brown shouted abuse at a female neighbour, telling the women he would strangle her autistic daughter in front of her.

A week later, another neighbour was painting his wall when Brown threw eggs at him and then hit him on the back with a bat.

When police went to Brown’s home they found a small cannabis grow.

The court also heard how the defendant twice assaulted his then girlfriend at a property in York in September and November 2021, also attacking a friend of his girlfriend’s flatmate when he tried to intervene.

In one incident, Brown overturned a bed, put a throw over the young woman’s head and attempted to push it into her mouth.

Brown also admitted harassing his ex-girlfriend by sending texts and social media messages between November 2021 and February 2022.

In mitigation, the court heard the unemployed defendant suffered a brain injury in a serious road traffic collision a number of years ago which affected his behaviour.

His solicitor apologised on behalf of her client.

She said he how kept “himself to himself” and “did not want to appear before the courts in the future”.

She added that Brown now kept farm animals including silkie chickens and pigs which were helping to calm him down.

Brown was given a 12-month community order, including a requirement to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work and carryout rehabilitation activity for up to 40 days.

He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £95 and a prosecution costs of £85.