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Gardener, 57, is jailed for repeatedly stabbing his next door neighbour in row over car aerial

A gardener has been jailed after he repeatedly stabbed his next door neighbour in a bizarre row over a car aerial.

Gary Pensom, 57, from Tile Hill, Coventry in the West Midland, was friends with Ranjit Jassal, 50, before they fell out and ended up ‘loathing’ each other, a court heard.

Tension between the neighbours boiled over when Mr Jassal accused Pensom of stealing his car aerial.

Pensom grabbed Mr Jassal by the throat and slashed him with a three-inch blade telling him he was going to ‘finish him off’.

He then stabbed him in the chest and stomach before leaving him bleeding on the ground outside his home.

Gary Pensom, 57, stabbed his neighbour three times in a row over a car aerial. He has now been jailed for two-and-a-half years

Gary Pensom, 57, stabbed his neighbour three times in a row over a car aerial. He has now been jailed for two-and-a-half years

Gary Pensom, 57, stabbed his neighbour three times in a row over a car aerial. He has now been jailed for two-and-a-half years

Mr Jassal survived the attack on September 6 last year and police arrested Pensom in a nearby pub car park where they seized the blood-stained knife.

Pensom, a Parkinson’s disease sufferer, claimed Mr Jassal was also armed and told officers he had inflicted the wounds himself.

On Friday, Pensom was jailed for two-and-a-half years after he was found guilty of wounding following a trial at Warwick Crown Court.

Judge Anthony Potter told Pensom: ‘Ranjit Jassal was a former friend of yours, but by early September it is plain you each loathed one-another.

‘It might be said that to some extent you were both as bad as each-other.

‘It may be he was saying provocative things, but you had no cause to approach him in that way with a knife.

‘It was an utter fabrication for you to suggest Mr Jassal was armed.

‘You showed absolutely no remorse for what you had done. There is no acknowledgement that you had done anything wrong.’

Pensom, a self-employed gardener, was also handed a restraining order banning him from have contact with Mr Jassal for ten years.

The court heard they had been friends before they fell out in the months before the attack.

Matthew Barnes, prosecutor, said: ‘In the months leading up to September 2019 two neighbours in a residential road became enemies.

At Warwick Crown Court, Pensom, a self-employed gardener, was also handed a restraining order banning him from have contact with Mr Jassal for ten years

At Warwick Crown Court, Pensom, a self-employed gardener, was also handed a restraining order banning him from have contact with Mr Jassal for ten years

At Warwick Crown Court, Pensom, a self-employed gardener, was also handed a restraining order banning him from have contact with Mr Jassal for ten years

‘They may have been friends in the past, but by September each had a hearty dislike of the other.

‘You may have some knowledge of neighbour disputes. Feelings can run extremely high, and that seems to be the case with these two men.

‘Mr Jassal complained that his car aerial had been stolen and that he believed Pensom was responsible.

‘Mr Jassal then went to his car where he was approached by Pensom, who was very angry and threated to deal with him.

‘He took out a folding knife with a blade about three inches long.

‘He grabbed Mr Jassal by the neck and said he was going to finish him off and stabbed him once to the chest, in the area of the heart, and once to the abdomen.

‘He also caused an injury, a minor cut or a scratch, to his neck, and suffered cuts to his own hand and fingers.

‘When the incident came to an end Mr Jassal got out his phone and filmed Pensom with the knife in his hand.

‘Pensom can be heard goading him and challenging him to call the police, and Mr Jassal telling him he was f***ed and was going down.’

Pensom drove off in his van, but was arrested after he was seen pulling onto a pub car park, and handed over the knife.

Mr Barnes said he told an officer Mr Jassal had goaded him into attacking him, adding: ‘So I got my knife out and stabbed him to the chest. It was only a small cut. If I’d wanted to, I could have stabbed him to the neck.’

The court heard Pensom had a conviction for damaging another neighbour’s car.

Ben Close, defending, said: ‘The wounds were not deep, and Mr Pensom, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and other health issues, did not push the blade in.’

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