A BRITISH pensioner is calling for justice after he was brutally beaten up in his own home by his next door neighbour.
Peter Davies, who is recovering from cancer, was left with severe bruising after Juan Diaz Moreno attacked and threatened to kill him over a dispute over planning permission.
Despite being found guilty of assault, he was let off with just a fine and continues to live next door.
“We were told it was officially a misdemeanour and not a crime,” said Davies, who lives in Torrox Costa with his wife Jane, 57.
“But how can it not be a crime to go into someone’s house, beat them up, threaten to kill them and say to their wife you will cut her throat? It is unbelievable,” added the retired engineer.
The 64-year-old, who was unable to retaliate having just had an operation, was kicked to the ground and stamped on in the attack.
When his wife stepped in to help, the crazed neighbour, who is in his 40s, ‘threatened to cut her throat’.
The incident stems from a complaint the couple made at the town hall after their neighbour started building onto their walls in the garden.
Moreno was found guilty of assault and ordered to pay Davies damages of just 370 euros.
“But that doesn’t even cover the medical bills,” said Davies, originally from Devon, who said due to a paperwork error the Judge did not consider the death threats.
Davies went through the courts a second time last month over the threats only to see Moreno fined just 50 euros.
“The court case was a complete shambles,” said Davies. “When we complained to our solicitor afterwards we were told the Judge didn’t have time and may have been inexperienced.
“This is an insult to us and the Spanish legal system.
“We worked hard all our lives to live the dream and now we are here with no one to help.
“We are still living next door to this lunatic and clearly living in fear.”