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Frustration led to window smashing by neighbour

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

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A 48-YEAR-OLD woman was so frustrated with her neighbour who kept waking her up during the night that she put a brick through his windows, a court heard.

Jacqueline Cooper, of Queen Street, Burton, appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court to plead guilty to a charge of criminal damage.

The court heard how Cooper and her next-door neighbour, Edgar Enim, had never seen eye-to-eye with one another since he moved into the property in July.

Giles Rowden, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was so annoyed at her neighbour that she decided to wake him up in the night to show him how it feels.

“She went next door at 4.10am on October 16 and started banging on his ground floor windows.

“He went to the window and saw her sticking her fingers up at him while using foul language towards him.

“She went away before returning with a brick. She started banging it on his windows and shouting abuse. It smashed two windows and caused extensive damage.

“Cooper was arrested and denied the incident throughout an interview, telling police she was asleep at home.”

Simon Dean, defending, said his client was fed up of being regularly disturbed at all hours of the morning.

He told the hearing: “She says her neighbour is a total nuisance. She’s reported him walking down the street with air rifles and in relation to other matters several times.

“She says he also drinks in the street and starts shouting loudly. It wakes her up and she gets very upset about it.

“They have never got on with each other since he moved in six months ago and this is an unfortunate incident for her.

“She wasn’t on drugs and hadn’t been drinking at the time of the offence; she was clearly at the end of her tether and wanted to give him a taste of his own medicine.”

The jobless defendant was made subject to a conditional discharge for 12 months.

She was also made to pay £150 in compensation to her neighbour, £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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  • Burton Mail  |  December 08 2012, 12:41PM

    I was spitting blood as I read this, as will anybody who has ever suffered from nuisance neighbours and their hateful behaviour. Action needs to be taken against whoever fielded this poor woman's complaints - whether it was her landlord, our spineless Borough Council or somebody else. Is it really correct to assume -as you could reading this - that you can now carry a weapon in a residential area without facing punishment? Judging by this report, you may even be rewarded for it..