LOVE was definitely not in the air on Valentine’s Day, after a scrap man lashed out at a homeowner who had accused him of making too much noise.
Jade Hipkins, 38, from Tipton, punched the Wellsford Avenue resident in the face after the pair became involved in a scuffle on February 14, Solihull Magistrates Court heard.
On Monday of this week, the bench was told that the victim was ‘at the end of his tether’ over scrap metal collections.
The man approached Hipkins as he was driving down the Solihull street, sounding his ‘rag and bone’ style horn.
Malcolm Stoddard, prosecuting, said the resident believed the scrap metal dealer had visited the road on several occasions and was causing a nuisance in the area.
He added: “[The resident] goes outside and takes a record of the vehicle registration. [The resident] also went to take a photograph but Mr Hipkins took exception to that.”
The pair became involved in a verbal altercation, which resulted in Hipkins punching the resident once on the jaw, causing swelling.
Hipkins, who was not represented in court, said: “It was a case of mistaken identity, I had never been to that street before.
“I regret what I did and I just want to put it behind me and get on with my life.”
He pleaded guilty to assault. He was fined £255, ordered to pay £100 compensation, a £15 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.