Bucknall dad Martin Hyatt stabbed in row over barking dogs
FATHER-OF-SIX Martin Hyatt has told how he was stabbed four times by his next door neighbour in a row over his barking dogs.
Adam Platt attacked Martin with a knife in the street after violently losing his temper over the Hyatt family's noisy pets.
Martin suffered stab wounds to the stomach, side and leg as his 13-year-old stepson Jack looked on in horror.
Now Platt, of Stallington Road, Blythe Bridge, is starting a four-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
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The Hyatt family – who have Staffordshire bull terrier Zeus and collie cross Zack – had clashed a number of times with 30-year-old Platt over their dogs since moving to Causeley Road, Bucknall, in 2011.
But the conflict escalated dramatically on the night of August 14 last year, when Platt threatened to kill the dogs.
Martin, aged 29, said: "It wasn't even our dogs making the noise. They were inside, and it was our other neighbour's dogs which were barking.
"We'd gone over to our friends house, and that's when he came out and said that he'd kill the dogs if we didn't shut them up.
"I told him to calm down, and said I'd put them away if he asked politely. That's when he punched me. I tried laughing it off, telling him he punched like a girl.
"He tried hitting me in the head but I ducked and punched him, knocking him down."
Platt then delivered several more blows before returning to his house.
It was only then that Martin realised Platt had been holding a knife when throwing the punches and he had actually been stabbed four times.
He added: "My stepson Jack saw the whole thing. He was shouting and screaming.
"A neighbour came out with a first aid kit and I stuffed bandages into the wound in my stomach to stop it bleeding. I thought I'd just been stabbed once, but when I looked down I saw my shoes were covered in blood. While I was waiting for the ambulance I could feel myself going into shock."
Martin, who lives with wife Suzanne, is father to three children and stepfather to three more.
Suzanne, aged 39, said: "When I saw Martin had been stabbed I just started panicking.
"There was blood all over the floor. It was shocking. You just don't expect your nextdoor neighbour to do something like this."