A "NEIGHBOUR from hell" who stabbed three men who worked next to his garage, killing one, has failed to get his murder conviction overturned on appeal.
Mechanic Gavin Hogg, 35, of Wellhouse Lane, Mirfield, conducted a vendetta against Darrell Burrows who ran a haulage firm next to his garage at Low Mills Industrial Estate, Ravensthorpe.
Trouble had brewed after disputes over parking, access to buildings and litter, London's Criminal Appeal Court heard.
On one occasion, Hogg tried to carry out his threat to drown Mr Burrows in a canal.
Finally, on September 14, 2005, he deliberately rammed Mr Burrows's car.
When Mr Burrows came out to see what had happened, Hogg attacked him, his son, David, and his business partner Clive Hoyland with a knife, inflicting fatal wounds on 42-year-old father of two, David.
At Leeds Crown Court on April 7 last year, Hogg was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 20 years, after being convicted of murder and two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
He asked Lord Justice Pill, sitting at London's Criminal Appeal Court with Mr Justice Burton and Judge Findlay Baker QC, for permission to appeal the conviction.
He argued he should have been found guilty only of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility and that medical evidence had misled the jury as to the extent of his mental disorder.
But Lord Justice Pill refused him permission to appeal, saying: "He ran off leaving the crashed cars and three wounded men, one of whom was mortally wounded.
"The sentencing judge described Hogg as having been a neighbour from hell to his victim's business and family. He caused disruption whenever possible.
"He previously made a threat to drown Darrell Burrows in a canal, which he tried unsuccessfully to carry out, and for which he was charged with common assault.
"He intended to use the car as a weapon, then got out with a knife shouting "Come on you bastards."
"Darrell Burrows is a shattered man, having lost his son. He is a shadow of his former self and, since this incident, has become a nervous wreck.
"This was a hotly and fairly contested trial. The evidence of the medical experts was given in good faith.
"The jury considered this evidence with the assistance of him having been thoroughly challenged and investigated in cross examination.
"We have no doubt about the safety of this conviction and this application for permission to appeal is refused."
An application by Hogg to appeal against the length of his minimum sentence was also dismissed.