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A MAN has been found guilty of grievous bodily harm after the person he was fighting climbed onto a windowsill and fell 20ft.

The drama unfolded at a flat on West Street, Fareham, on November 5 last year.

At Portsmouth Crown Court Oliver Wilson, of Gosport Road, Fareham, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to 46-year old Stephen Reed.

The court heard that Wilson, 22, had become upset after Mr Reed had taken his dog. Wilson went round to Mr Reed’s flat on West Street in a fit of rage to find out where Mr Reed had left his dog.

When Mr Reed opened the door, Wilson kicked his way in and a fight broke out.

Wilson punched Mr Reed, who was armed with a knife and a tennis racquet. This caused Mr Reed to hit Wilson around the head with the racquet.

When Wilson went to throw furniture in retaliation, Mr Reed climbed out of the first floor window, above Cassino arcade, and started shouting to passers-by that somebody was in his flat.

Mr Reed then slipped and fell 20ft to the ground below, landing on his feet and then falling backwards and hitting his head.

Mr Reed was taken to Southampton General Hospital. He has now recovered apart from continuing amnesia surrounding the incident.

Defending Damian Hayes said: ‘This was an extremely unfortunate chain of events. The two men had lived together as friends. Mr Wilson is desperately sorry about what has happened.’

The court heard that Wilson had been brought up in care and had grown very attached to the dog.

It also heard that Wilson’s ex-girlfriend is pregnant with his first child.

Wilson received a 12-month suspended sentence, suspended for two years with a requirement to do eight sessions with an employment training officer, 150 hours of unpaid work and to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Wilson wept with relief as the judge handed him his sentence.

Outside the court, Wilson said: ‘If I had known he was going to fall, I would have grabbed him. I really didn’t want this to happen.’