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Nightmarish neighbor, 61, jailed after attacking woman over parking space

Anthony Bert, 61, attacked the woman outside her home on March 23, four months after she kicked her door and shouted at her letterbox

Anthony Bert was jailed for 64 months at Lewes Crown Court

A nightmarish neighbor attacked a woman and left her seriously injured after an argument in a parking space.

Anthony Bert met his victim outside his former home as she temporarily parked her car in a private car park while collecting items from his gardens on the afternoon of March 23 last year.

The 61-year-old man began to threaten the 50-year-old woman, before violently assaulting her.

The attack in St Aubyns, Hove, East Sussex, left the woman with severe face and chest injuries as Bert fled.

Four months before the attack, Bert had kicked the woman’s front door and shouted threateningly and abusively into her letterbox.

Bert, of Namrik Mewsn Hove, was convicted of two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent by a jury at Lewes Crown Court.

He was convicted at Lewes Crown Court



At a subsequent hearing in the same court, a judge imprisoned him for 64 months.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said: ‘Four months prior, in November 2020, Bert had been the subject of an emergency call from the same victim after he kicked his door in entered and shouted threatening and abusive language.

“In this case, Bert was contacted by officers after the victim chose not to press charges.

“Following the assault, a warrant was issued for Bert’s arrest and he was arrested at Heathrow Airport as he attempted to board a flight to Spain.”

Bert also received a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting the victim or traveling to the St Aubyns address.

Detective Janet Summers said: “I would like to thank the victim for their support in carrying out this sentence, after what has been a vicious and sustained attack.

“Violence of any kind will not be tolerated in Brighton and Hove and we are happy to have a violent offender behind bars.

“If you are the victim of a crime, please report it online, via 101 or by calling 999 in an emergency.”

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