Bowering, who was convicted of stabbing another neighbour in 1991, had alsomade complaints about the Breakwell family.
Bowering was driving his 4x4 vehicle home when he spotted his victim and began staring at him.
Mr Burbidge told the court: ``Brian Bowering said to the police that he decided to stare at Robert Breakwell to psyche him out, to wind him up.''
He approached the car and hit Bowering over the shoulder with the pickaxe handle before the defendant grabbed the knife from his car door.
``It could be said that Brian Bowering had driven Robert Breakwell to distraction.