A grandfather was batter by a thug neighbour after a row over a parking space turned violent.
Now the elderly man and his wife are considering moving out permanently to escape the man.
Damian Hyde, 37, told the grandfather “I’m going to bite your nose off” in a vicious assault while his partner hit the man’s wife over the head with a fence post.
Hyde unleashed a brutal attack on next-door neighbour John Bolton outside his home in Cardiff, a court heard.
It came after Mr Bolton had knocked on Hyde’s door to complain about damage to his car tyres in an incident earlier the same day.
Grandfather Mr Bolton said Hyde “absolutely battered” him and “nearly killed” him during the attack, reports Wales Online .
When called to the scene of the attack in Ascot Close, Ely, police discovered Hyde sitting on top of Mr Bolton refusing to get off him and becoming aggressive until he was threatened with a Taser.
Hyde’s then-partner Laura Brooks, 43, initially called Mr Bolton’s wife Marianne, 70, to tell her her husband was being assaulted but when she tried to pull Hyde off him Brooks hit her in the head with a fence post from her garden, causing minor injuries.
A sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court heard there was bad blood between the two couples over the last few years over shared parking spaces and who was entitled to use them.
Hyde was previously jailed for 28 days following an assault on Mr Bolton and his son in May 2016.
On May 24 last year Mrs Bolton called her husband, who was in Manchester watching a football match, to say Hyde had been to her address, was being abusive, and had caused damage to her Volkswagen Polo which had led her to call the police.
Later that evening when Mr Bolton had returned home he discovered damage to the rear tyres of his own car and immediately pointed the finger at the defendants.
He went next door at 11.30pm to confront the couple and initially spoke to Brooks but, during their conversation, Hyde pushed past Brooks and started throwing punches at Mr Bolton.
Speaking after the hearing on Friday, Mr Bolton said: “I did not lose my temper but I thought ‘I just can’t stand for this’ so I knocked his door to ask ‘why have you done this?’.
“He just came flying at me. He came flying out the door and absolutely battered me and bit me and everything. He bit the tip of my nose off. I lost all the will to fight back.”
He added: “It’s something that has happened to us – it’s not something you can forget that easy. He nearly killed me – I was starting to lose a bit of consciousness.”
Prosecutor David Pinnell said: “Mr Bolton tried to fight back but was quickly overwhelmed and fell to the floor on his back and Hyde got on top of him and punched him numerous times and headbutted him to his nose.
“Hyde bit his nose and screamed: ‘I’m going to bite your nose off’.
“He also bit Mr Bolton on the right cheek and grabbed him round the throat while punching him with his other hand.
“Hyde strangled him until he almost lost consciousness. Mr Bolton said there was so much blood in his eyes he couldn’t see and he thought he was going to die.”
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Bolton said: “He has got a temper. Obviously on the night in question he lost it.
“I can remember every single second of it. It wasn’t nice, it was a bit over the top – he had obviously lost his rag.”
While this was going on Brooks had called Mrs Bolton but assaulted her when she tried to break the fight up.
As a result Mrs Bolton fell back and felt throbbing to her head but fearing for her safety went back to her house contacted the police.
The police arrived after a neighbour had also called the emergency services and gave first aid to Mr Bolton after Hyde initially refused to get off him.
Initially they couldn’t rouse him but eventually he sat up and asked to be taken home.
He was later taken to hospital and was transferred to Morriston Hospital in Swansea to have plastic surgery and skin grafts to treat extensive facial injuries.
Mrs Bolton suffered large swelling to the right side of her head as well as two black eyes and bruising but her injuries were relatively minor.
As a result of the attack they are considering moving away from their property to get away from the defendants.
Hyde, who became violent and made threats to the police, was arrested and initially claimed he had been hit over the head with an object by Mr Bolton and was unable to remember anything after that.
He later pleaded guilty to a section 18 wounding with intent while Brooks pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Defence barrister Kevin Seal said Hyde denied causing damage to Mr and Mrs Bolton’s cars but was unable to explain why there was an “explosion of violence” or why he had behaved in such a way.
Mr Seal said his client had experienced a “complex trauma” which had led him to becoming alcohol-dependent and led to him offending.
Defence barrister Harry Baker, representing Brooks, offered no mitigation after Recorder of Cardiff Judge Eleri Rees indicated she would not be sending his client to prison.
Sentencing, the judge said: “[Hyde] currently presents a significant risk of serious harm to the public and for that reason I will be passing an extended custodial sentence.”
Hyde was given a 13-and-a-half year extended sentence comprising nine and a half years in custody and and four years on licence.
Mr Bolton said South Wales Police had been “absolutely brilliant” in their handling of the case.
He said: “I’m absolutely pleased as punch he’s got that time because it will put him out of my reach. I’m amazed he’s got so long.”
The 70-year-old added: “I don’t want a big deal made out of it – it happens to people all the the time and I’m not the only one.”