A MAN has been jailed for five years for stabbing his neighbour.
Martin Bernad lashed out after his wheeled bin was kicked over.
He was told he was fortunate not to be facing a more serious charge after seven serious deep wounds were inflicted on Dean Spencer.
Bernad, 45, of Balmfield, Norristhorpe, Liversedge, made the headlines last year after stringing bags of dog dirt on his washing line, in a protest over the amount of mess left on the street.
Yesterday he pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
A jury at Leeds Crown Court heard there was a history of bad feeling between Bernad and his neighbour.
Mr Spencer had been drinking on the afternoon of the incident and got involved in verbal exchanges.
Later, Mr Spencer kicked over Bernad's wheeled bin. Bernad stabbed him with a 6in knife, causing nerve and tendon damage.
Richard Clews, for Bernad, said he had the knife for protection after earlier trouble. Once, Mr Spencer had been charged with damage after glass was broken in a door, although the charges were dropped.
Judge Ian Dobkin said there had been some provocation. But he added: "People cannot use knives."