The judge told Walton: "It is a serious case when you intimidate someone who you know is going to be a witness against you, and intimidate him with a hammer.
"You will have to learn, as will other people in Stoke-on-Trent, that if you try to intimidate people who are going to be witnesses, there will be serious consequences."Are you kidding me? He only got a year!
He was acquitted of having a dog dangerously out of control after Judge Granville Styler said he could not be sure which of the dogs had bitten Mr Hill.Then destroy them both.
Walton's defence barrister, David Pojar, had earlier pleaded with the judge to show leniency.
He said recovering drug addict Walton had got married just ten days before his clash with Morris, and he and his wife had a 19-month-old baby.*sigh*
Mr Pojar said Walton's mother-in-law had recently been the victim of an assault, and she relied on Walton as the only qualified driver in the family.Oh, where’s my tiny violin?
"The two men weren't expecting to come across one another," Mr Pojar said.
"His temper got the better of him."No, his contempt for any meaningful consequences got the better of him…
The barrister said Walton had been offered work, but the offer was dependent on the outcome of yesterday's court hearing.
He had also been placed on a methdone treatment programme.
Mr Pojar added: "All I can do is to invite the court to impose a sentence which is as short as possible."Looks like it worked…