Man jailed after violent attack on unwanted guest

Peter Davy, jailed for 15 months

Peter Davy, jailed for 15 months

First published in News by , Crime reporter

A 60-YEAR-OLD who attacked a guest with a pickaxe handle has been jailed for 15 months.

Peter Davy, pictured, had been drinking when he bashed Steven Hadert three times after he returned to his front door despite being asked to leave.

Davy raced out of his house in Down Terrace, Brighton, and hit the 58-year-old on his arm and head, on February 18 last year.

Summing up to jurors at Hove Crown Court, Judge David Rennie said: “The time came when the defendant wanted Mr Hadert to leave, and told him so.

“There is a dispute as to just how unpleasant or obnoxious he had been.

“What is certain is that he was asked to leave and did leave and in due course came back.

“He came back to the house and was throwing a stone or stones at the bedroom window.”

“Then we come to the real issue in the case which is what actually happened.

“Mr Hadert says the defendant came running at him with the pickaxe handle.”

Judge Rennie jailed Davy straight after hearing the jury’s unanimous guilty verdict on the charge of grievous bodily harm.

He rejected defence pleas to suspend Davy’s sentence, saying: “A man comes out of a house with a baseball bat or a pickaxe – and I am absolutely convinced that he did – and proceeds to strike his victim three times. That does not call for a suspended sentence.”

Addressing Davy, he added: “I have no doubt that on that night Steven Hadert was being obnoxious, no doubt that you were justified in getting him to leave.

“But when he came back and was making a nuisance of himself, the appropriate way of dealing with it was not as you did to open the door, arm yourself with a pick axe handle and race out and hit him three times.”

Davy denied one count of grievous bodily harm, saying he had threatened Mr Hadert, but had not hit him.

He claimed Mr Hadert must have injured his arm while trying to force his way into the door and may have fallen and hurt his head.

Davy was living a “respectable life”, the court heard in mitigation, and letters in his support were handed to the judge.

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8:02am Sat 19 Jul 14

tez1959 says...

at least in jail he might use a bit of soap to have a wash with and looking at him have a good scrub up
at least in jail he might use a bit of soap to have a wash with and looking at him have a good scrub up tez1959
  • Score: 3

8:28am Sat 19 Jul 14

hoveguyactually says...

“But when he came back and was making a nuisance of himself, the appropriate way of dealing with it was not as you did to open the door, arm yourself with a pick axe handle and race out and hit him three times.”

And what would the appropriate way be?
“But when he came back and was making a nuisance of himself, the appropriate way of dealing with it was not as you did to open the door, arm yourself with a pick axe handle and race out and hit him three times.” And what would the appropriate way be? hoveguyactually
  • Score: 27

8:47am Sat 19 Jul 14

NathanAdler says...

Peter Davy "had been drinking" = No sh!t Sherlock !!.

You don't get a face like that by just drinking Ribena or Fanta do you?
Peter Davy "had been drinking" = No sh!t Sherlock !!. You don't get a face like that by just drinking Ribena or Fanta do you? NathanAdler
  • Score: 22

10:10am Sat 19 Jul 14

mark by the sea says...

NathanAdler wrote:
Peter Davy "had been drinking" = No sh!t Sherlock !!.

You don't get a face like that by just drinking Ribena or Fanta do you?
How dare you! His hair was done at Toni and guy! That look is called " I don't care"
[quote][p][bold]NathanAdler[/bold] wrote: Peter Davy "had been drinking" = No sh!t Sherlock !!. You don't get a face like that by just drinking Ribena or Fanta do you?[/p][/quote]How dare you! His hair was done at Toni and guy! That look is called " I don't care" mark by the sea
  • Score: 7

10:39am Sat 19 Jul 14

Withdean-er says...

Will he still be able to die his hair black in prison? That shows that he really looks after himself.
Will he still be able to die his hair black in prison? That shows that he really looks after himself. Withdean-er
  • Score: 5

10:44am Sat 19 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Hopefully these two idiots will realise the error of their ways and give up drinking but I won't hold my breath.
Hopefully these two idiots will realise the error of their ways and give up drinking but I won't hold my breath. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 7

10:47am Sat 19 Jul 14

cookie_brighton says...

with his looks he will probably get a job in the prison kitchens lol
with his looks he will probably get a job in the prison kitchens lol cookie_brighton
  • Score: 6

10:49am Sat 19 Jul 14

cookie_brighton says...

tez1959 wrote:
at least in jail he might use a bit of soap to have a wash with and looking at him have a good scrub up
I would suggest shower gel .......not soap in prison, communal showers..........woo
oooppppppssss.......
.....well hello sailor.
[quote][p][bold]tez1959[/bold] wrote: at least in jail he might use a bit of soap to have a wash with and looking at him have a good scrub up[/p][/quote]I would suggest shower gel .......not soap in prison, communal showers..........woo oooppppppssss....... .....well hello sailor. cookie_brighton
  • Score: 4

10:58am Sat 19 Jul 14

qm says...

Quit picking on his hair! Take a look at some of today's 'celebrities'. They pay eye-watering amounts of money at so called 'salons' to look like this!
Jealous much? Not really. I'm lucky - it's my 'first thing in the morning' look :))
Quit picking on his hair! Take a look at some of today's 'celebrities'. They pay eye-watering amounts of money at so called 'salons' to look like this! Jealous much? Not really. I'm lucky - it's my 'first thing in the morning' look :)) qm
  • Score: 7

11:34am Sat 19 Jul 14

hellohonkytonks says...

Is he from Worthing? As most of them seem to look like him including the women
Is he from Worthing? As most of them seem to look like him including the women hellohonkytonks
  • Score: 4

12:18pm Sat 19 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

“But when he came back and was making a nuisance of himself, the appropriate way of dealing with it was not as you did to open the door, arm yourself with a pick axe handle and race out and hit him three times.”

Given that Hadert had returned to break windows, I think Davy's actions were entirely understandable.
“But when he came back and was making a nuisance of himself, the appropriate way of dealing with it was not as you did to open the door, arm yourself with a pick axe handle and race out and hit him three times.” Given that Hadert had returned to break windows, I think Davy's actions were entirely understandable. stevo!!
  • Score: -2

12:44pm Sat 19 Jul 14

John Steed says...

hellohonkytonks you obviously haven't been to Worthing this century, or last for that matter, so if you haven't got anything useful, enlightening or of interest to add to the tread, away back under your rock.
hellohonkytonks you obviously haven't been to Worthing this century, or last for that matter, so if you haven't got anything useful, enlightening or of interest to add to the tread, away back under your rock. John Steed
  • Score: -2

1:53pm Sat 19 Jul 14

gaay buoy says...

hellohonkytonks wrote:
Is he from Worthing? As most of them seem to look like him including the women
Oohh you are awful but i like you lol I must say i totally agree with
you.Very odd people over that neck of the woods
[quote][p][bold]hellohonkytonks[/bold] wrote: Is he from Worthing? As most of them seem to look like him including the women[/p][/quote]Oohh you are awful but i like you lol I must say i totally agree with you.Very odd people over that neck of the woods gaay buoy
  • Score: 1

1:58pm Sat 19 Jul 14

brighton bluenose says...

stevo!! wrote:
“But when he came back and was making a nuisance of himself, the appropriate way of dealing with it was not as you did to open the door, arm yourself with a pick axe handle and race out and hit him three times.”

Given that Hadert had returned to break windows, I think Davy's actions were entirely understandable.
We don't know he was trying to break the windows but as ever Thicko!! makes something up to justify his no-nothing argument - it is quite possible he was just trying to get someones attention, althogh tbf we aren't told that either!
BUT if he wanted to break a window why wasn't he throwingv stones at the ground floor lounge window - would've been a lot easier!!
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: “But when he came back and was making a nuisance of himself, the appropriate way of dealing with it was not as you did to open the door, arm yourself with a pick axe handle and race out and hit him three times.” Given that Hadert had returned to break windows, I think Davy's actions were entirely understandable.[/p][/quote]We don't know he was trying to break the windows but as ever Thicko!! makes something up to justify his no-nothing argument - it is quite possible he was just trying to get someones attention, althogh tbf we aren't told that either! BUT if he wanted to break a window why wasn't he throwingv stones at the ground floor lounge window - would've been a lot easier!! brighton bluenose
  • Score: -4

2:01pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

hoveguyactually wrote:
“But when he came back and was making a nuisance of himself, the appropriate way of dealing with it was not as you did to open the door, arm yourself with a pick axe handle and race out and hit him three times.”

And what would the appropriate way be?
Surely, the appropriate way would be to wait for the Sussex Police to answer the phone whilst he made 15 further attempts at entry over a 40 minute period before burning the house down?
[quote][p][bold]hoveguyactually[/bold] wrote: “But when he came back and was making a nuisance of himself, the appropriate way of dealing with it was not as you did to open the door, arm yourself with a pick axe handle and race out and hit him three times.” And what would the appropriate way be?[/p][/quote]Surely, the appropriate way would be to wait for the Sussex Police to answer the phone whilst he made 15 further attempts at entry over a 40 minute period before burning the house down? Goldenwight
  • Score: 8

3:00pm Sat 19 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

brighton bluenose wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
“But when he came back and was making a nuisance of himself, the appropriate way of dealing with it was not as you did to open the door, arm yourself with a pick axe handle and race out and hit him three times.”

Given that Hadert had returned to break windows, I think Davy's actions were entirely understandable.
We don't know he was trying to break the windows but as ever Thicko!! makes something up to justify his no-nothing argument - it is quite possible he was just trying to get someones attention, althogh tbf we aren't told that either!
BUT if he wanted to break a window why wasn't he throwingv stones at the ground floor lounge window - would've been a lot easier!!
Most normal people knock on a door in order to attract the attention of the occupants, and most normal people don't turn up at the dead of night, especially if there has been some unpleasantness there.

He had been told he wasn't welcome at the house, yet not only did he return but also behave in a manner likely to cause damage to the property.

" it is quite possible he was just trying to get someones attention, althogh tbf we aren't told that either!"

Yes, we were. Stones were thrown at a window, remember?

" BUT if he wanted to break a window why wasn't he throwingv stones at the ground floor lounge window"

Make your mind up! You claim we don't know that he was trying to attract attention yet claim that he was.

*shakes head*
[quote][p][bold]brighton bluenose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: “But when he came back and was making a nuisance of himself, the appropriate way of dealing with it was not as you did to open the door, arm yourself with a pick axe handle and race out and hit him three times.” Given that Hadert had returned to break windows, I think Davy's actions were entirely understandable.[/p][/quote]We don't know he was trying to break the windows but as ever Thicko!! makes something up to justify his no-nothing argument - it is quite possible he was just trying to get someones attention, althogh tbf we aren't told that either! BUT if he wanted to break a window why wasn't he throwingv stones at the ground floor lounge window - would've been a lot easier!![/p][/quote]Most normal people knock on a door in order to attract the attention of the occupants, and most normal people don't turn up at the dead of night, especially if there has been some unpleasantness there. He had been told he wasn't welcome at the house, yet not only did he return but also behave in a manner likely to cause damage to the property. " it is quite possible he was just trying to get someones attention, althogh tbf we aren't told that either!" Yes, we were. Stones were thrown at a window, remember? " BUT if he wanted to break a window why wasn't he throwingv stones at the ground floor lounge window" Make your mind up! You claim we don't know that he was trying to attract attention yet claim that he was. *shakes head* stevo!!
  • Score: -11

3:34pm Sat 19 Jul 14

brighton bluenose says...

It's perfectly obvious that I said IF he was trying to break a window as YOU suggest why on earth would he be aiming for an upstairs window rather than one on the ground floor - is it REALLY that difficult to understand?!
It's perfectly obvious that I said IF he was trying to break a window as YOU suggest why on earth would he be aiming for an upstairs window rather than one on the ground floor - is it REALLY that difficult to understand?! brighton bluenose
  • Score: -3

3:34pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Withdean-er says...

qm wrote:
Quit picking on his hair! Take a look at some of today's 'celebrities'. They pay eye-watering amounts of money at so called 'salons' to look like this!
Jealous much? Not really. I'm lucky - it's my 'first thing in the morning' look :))
This guys a winner, he can just about beat anyone including celebs on his hairstyle (why use styling products when natural grease does the trick), drinking booze and use of the pickaxe.
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: Quit picking on his hair! Take a look at some of today's 'celebrities'. They pay eye-watering amounts of money at so called 'salons' to look like this! Jealous much? Not really. I'm lucky - it's my 'first thing in the morning' look :))[/p][/quote]This guys a winner, he can just about beat anyone including celebs on his hairstyle (why use styling products when natural grease does the trick), drinking booze and use of the pickaxe. Withdean-er
  • Score: 1

3:50pm Sat 19 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

brighton bluenose wrote:
It's perfectly obvious that I said IF he was trying to break a window as YOU suggest why on earth would he be aiming for an upstairs window rather than one on the ground floor - is it REALLY that difficult to understand?!
Why don't you ask him, if the reason is that important to you?
[quote][p][bold]brighton bluenose[/bold] wrote: It's perfectly obvious that I said IF he was trying to break a window as YOU suggest why on earth would he be aiming for an upstairs window rather than one on the ground floor - is it REALLY that difficult to understand?![/p][/quote]Why don't you ask him, if the reason is that important to you? stevo!!
  • Score: -5

4:40pm Sat 19 Jul 14

her professional says...

cookie_brighton wrote:
tez1959 wrote:
at least in jail he might use a bit of soap to have a wash with and looking at him have a good scrub up
I would suggest shower gel .......not soap in prison, communal showers..........woo

oooppppppssss.......

.....well hello sailor.
Your reading ability is way ahead of your mental age.
[quote][p][bold]cookie_brighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tez1959[/bold] wrote: at least in jail he might use a bit of soap to have a wash with and looking at him have a good scrub up[/p][/quote]I would suggest shower gel .......not soap in prison, communal showers..........woo oooppppppssss....... .....well hello sailor.[/p][/quote]Your reading ability is way ahead of your mental age. her professional
  • Score: 0

5:55pm Sat 19 Jul 14

displayed says...

Davy was living a “respectable life”,

Is that what he looks like after living a "respectable life”
Davy was living a “respectable life”, Is that what he looks like after living a "respectable life” displayed
  • Score: 1

6:06pm Sat 19 Jul 14

displayed says...

Altogether now:
Wi' Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davy, Dan'l Whiddon, Harry Hawk, old uncle Tom Cobley and all, old Uncle Tom Cobley and all.
Altogether now: Wi' Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davy, Dan'l Whiddon, Harry Hawk, old uncle Tom Cobley and all, old Uncle Tom Cobley and all. displayed
  • Score: 1

6:57pm Sat 19 Jul 14

andyfm says...

I think you will find Mr.Davy has seen the inside of a cell before!!
I think you will find Mr.Davy has seen the inside of a cell before!! andyfm
  • Score: 3

7:33pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Levent says...

What he should've done was call our well trained police force..opps I mean "service" and maybe sometime in the next year they will..umm, may turn up.

It's ok some pompous pratt saying he acted inappropriately, but GET IN THE REAL WORLD!

The police can't/wont defend you, so just stand there and hope you don't get killed by the time the police "service" arrive or you'll be nicked!!!

Thanks libs!!!!
What he should've done was call our well trained police force..opps I mean "service" and maybe sometime in the next year they will..umm, may turn up. It's ok some pompous pratt saying he acted inappropriately, but GET IN THE REAL WORLD! The police can't/wont defend you, so just stand there and hope you don't get killed by the time the police "service" arrive or you'll be nicked!!! Thanks libs!!!! Levent
  • Score: 8

8:50pm Sat 19 Jul 14

hubby says...

I would have done what he did.
I would have done what he did. hubby
  • Score: 4

7:52am Sun 20 Jul 14

chrismilo says...

cookie_brighton wrote:
with his looks he will probably get a job in the prison kitchens lol
I'm sure he will get to PICK what Job he wants and will HANDLE it well lol
[quote][p][bold]cookie_brighton[/bold] wrote: with his looks he will probably get a job in the prison kitchens lol[/p][/quote]I'm sure he will get to PICK what Job he wants and will HANDLE it well lol chrismilo
  • Score: 1

11:39am Sun 20 Jul 14

cookie_brighton says...

her professional wrote:
cookie_brighton wrote:
tez1959 wrote:
at least in jail he might use a bit of soap to have a wash with and looking at him have a good scrub up
I would suggest shower gel .......not soap in prison, communal showers..........woo


oooppppppssss.......


.....well hello sailor.
Your reading ability is way ahead of your mental age.
obviously you have no sense of humour..............
.tut tut... what a sad life you must live.
[quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cookie_brighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tez1959[/bold] wrote: at least in jail he might use a bit of soap to have a wash with and looking at him have a good scrub up[/p][/quote]I would suggest shower gel .......not soap in prison, communal showers..........woo oooppppppssss....... .....well hello sailor.[/p][/quote]Your reading ability is way ahead of your mental age.[/p][/quote]obviously you have no sense of humour.............. .tut tut... what a sad life you must live. cookie_brighton
  • Score: 2

11:41am Sun 20 Jul 14

cookie_brighton says...

chrismilo wrote:
cookie_brighton wrote:
with his looks he will probably get a job in the prison kitchens lol
I'm sure he will get to PICK what Job he wants and will HANDLE it well lol
ha ha....... good reply chris.
[quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cookie_brighton[/bold] wrote: with his looks he will probably get a job in the prison kitchens lol[/p][/quote]I'm sure he will get to PICK what Job he wants and will HANDLE it well lol[/p][/quote]ha ha....... good reply chris. cookie_brighton
  • Score: 1

9:01pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Dr Martin says...

stevo!! wrote:
“But when he came back and was making a nuisance of himself, the appropriate way of dealing with it was not as you did to open the door, arm yourself with a pick axe handle and race out and hit him three times.”

Given that Hadert had returned to break windows, I think Davy's actions were entirely understandable.
Having noted your views on Israel, I see you carry on with your love of mindless and disproportionate violence continues with this story
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: “But when he came back and was making a nuisance of himself, the appropriate way of dealing with it was not as you did to open the door, arm yourself with a pick axe handle and race out and hit him three times.” Given that Hadert had returned to break windows, I think Davy's actions were entirely understandable.[/p][/quote]Having noted your views on Israel, I see you carry on with your love of mindless and disproportionate violence continues with this story Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

10:05pm Sun 20 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Dr Martin wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
“But when he came back and was making a nuisance of himself, the appropriate way of dealing with it was not as you did to open the door, arm yourself with a pick axe handle and race out and hit him three times.”

Given that Hadert had returned to break windows, I think Davy's actions were entirely understandable.
Having noted your views on Israel, I see you carry on with your love of mindless and disproportionate violence continues with this story
Feel free to quote anything from me that relates to liking 'mindless violence'.

Whilst I wait for your admission that I haven't said anything of the sort, I'll just re-read a few of my posts that relate to Israel's right to respond to aggression.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: “But when he came back and was making a nuisance of himself, the appropriate way of dealing with it was not as you did to open the door, arm yourself with a pick axe handle and race out and hit him three times.” Given that Hadert had returned to break windows, I think Davy's actions were entirely understandable.[/p][/quote]Having noted your views on Israel, I see you carry on with your love of mindless and disproportionate violence continues with this story[/p][/quote]Feel free to quote anything from me that relates to liking 'mindless violence'. Whilst I wait for your admission that I haven't said anything of the sort, I'll just re-read a few of my posts that relate to Israel's right to respond to aggression. stevo!!
  • Score: -3

3:35pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Dr Martin says...

"Which is exactly what the people of Gaza keep discovering, lol.
"Which is exactly what the people of Gaza keep discovering, lol. Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

3:59pm Mon 21 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Dr Martin wrote:
"Which is exactly what the people of Gaza keep discovering, lol.
How does that relate to this thread?
[quote][p][bold]Dr Martin[/bold] wrote: "Which is exactly what the people of Gaza keep discovering, lol.[/p][/quote]How does that relate to this thread? stevo!!
  • Score: -2

7:20am Tue 22 Jul 14

Dr Martin says...

stevo!! wrote:
Dr Martin wrote:
"Which is exactly what the people of Gaza keep discovering, lol.
How does that relate to this thread?
It was an answer to your "Feel free to quote anything from me that relates to liking 'mindless violence"

and I did
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dr Martin[/bold] wrote: "Which is exactly what the people of Gaza keep discovering, lol.[/p][/quote]How does that relate to this thread?[/p][/quote]It was an answer to your "Feel free to quote anything from me that relates to liking 'mindless violence" and I did Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

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