Following an adjournment for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on him, he appeared at Warwick Crown Court where he was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for 12 months, with a 2pm to midnight curfew for three months.

Prosecutor Alexander Davies said that in October 2012 Rory Stowe was driving his Ford Fiesta along Gunnings Road, in Alcester, with David Whittaker in the passenger seat. Fisher and his wife were walking along the same road at the time, delivering Avon catalogues.

Mr Davies said there was “a history” between Fisher and Mr Whittaker, and it was accepted that Mr Whittaker shouted abuse from the car.

“The defendant jumped into the road, forcing the car to stop, and struck out at the car using a knife which caused some scratches to the side of the vehicle and the window,” added Mr Davies.

The car was driven off, and Fisher walked up the road and was seen to hide the knife in a bush from where it was later recovered by the police.

Mr Davies pointed out that Fisher had entered his guilty pleas on the basis that he had been provoked and that there was a history of Mr Whittaker causing problems for him and his wife, including violence and inappropriate comments.

In a written ‘basis of plea,’ Fisher said he and his wife were delivering Avon catalogues, and he had the knife with him to cut the ties on the bundle.

There was no plan to use it offensively, and it was only being carried temporarily for that purpose, but when Mr Whittaker shouted abuse at him, he snapped and struck out at the car in frustration.

Mr Davies added that Fisher had a number of convictions for dishonesty, but they were “of some age,” the last being more than ten years ago.

Edward Soulsby, defending, said that Fisher had health problems and, according to doctors, a limited lifespan.

“He is counting down the years. He doesn’t work; his health precludes that,” said Mr Soulsby.