Neighbours watched in horror as a hammer-wielding thug brawled with an axeman in the middle of their street.
Dad Lee Ferns became involved in a violent altercation with his ‘good friend’ when a row erupted over abusive phone calls.
At one point Ferns retreated but he was chased down and hit over the head with the axe.
By the time the police arrived, the 47-year-old was the main aggressor as he sat astride his assailant.
And it was Ferns who ended up worse off with the gash to his head needing 28 stitches.
Now the defendant – who is already serving a prison sentence for dangerous driving – has been jailed for a further two months for his part in the disturbance which was witnessed by a number of residents.
Prosecutor John Richards said: “The defendant was in possession of a hammer. He took it from his pocket. He threw a brick through the other man’s window.
“He initially began to walk away. The other man shouted, ‘Come on then, come and get me’.
“Ferns stopped, turned around and walked back towards the man’s house.
“The man appeared holding an axe. Ferns ran off. He was pursued.
“Ferns ended up sitting on top of the other man, holding him down. Ferns had a big gash on his head and was bleeding.”
Ferns told police he was good friends with the other man but complained about receiving abusive calls. He went round in the morning and told him to stop as it was causing issues.
He said the other man hit him on his head with an axe.
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Ferns, of Berrisford Place, Leek, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.
Peter McCartney, mitigating, said the defendant is currently serving a prison sentence after being jailed in December for dangerous driving.
Mr McCartney said: “He was attacked with an axe as he ran away. The injuries he received required 28 stitches and a couple of days in hospital. He has since been diagnosed with epilepsy, which is probably related to the attack with the axe.
“He has taken steps to put himself on an even keel.”
He added the defendant is keen to be released and return to work as a dry stone waller.
Judge Paul Glenn said: “This was a nasty altercation. You were both in the street. Your behaviour was seen and heard by various residents. You both had weapons with you. You had a hammer, he had an axe. You accept throwing stones and bricks. It ended up with the two of you fighting in the street.
“You were trying to calm matters down and you, at one stage, were walking away. But when he challenged you, you took up the challenge.
“By the time the police arrived you were on top of him. But you had the more significant injuries. You had a number of cuts which required stitches.
“You do not need me to tell you you have a long history of offending. Most of the violence and public order matters were committed when you were a younger man.
“It is so serious it has to be a custodial sentence. It has to be consecutive to the sentence you are serving.”