Spurned lover’s hammer attack revenge

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A FARM manager carried out a hammer attack on the house of a man who had been sleeping with his wife, a court heard.

Nathan Harrington, from Grantham Avenue in Great Cornard, had been trying to put his wife’s affair with neighbour Alan Hornsey behind him but lost his temper.

The 34-year-old appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with criminal damage.

Lucy Miller, prosecuting, said Mr Hornsey had been sitting watching television when he heard his front window smash on May 6. He had peered outside and saw Harrington, who admitted the charge, standing with a hammer in his hand.

“Mr Hornsey gesticulated at the defendant, who then smashed some door panels,” said Miss Miller.

The court heard that several neighbours intervened and the police were called. After being arrested, Harrington told officers: “He slept with my wife.”

Miss Miller said Harrington had wanted to be the “bigger man” after discovering the affair in January, but claimed Mr Hornsey had been harassing him.

When he spotted his neighbour throwing stones at his window, he picked up a hammer from his garden and made his way to Mr Hornsey’s house, where he carried out the attack.

Fiona Borley, mitigating, said the attack was not about the affair, but a series of other events – including Mr Hornsey ringing Harrington’s doorbell in the middle of the night – which acted as provocation.

She said her client had suffered alcohol and mental health issues, which he had worked for two years to address having contemplated killing himself in 2010.

Magistrates’ ordered Harrington to pay £100 compensation and £85 in prosecution costs.