81-year-old grandma jailed for terrorising the neighbourhood

LONDON: Pensioner put away for 6 months for hurling vile abuse at and physically assaulting her neighbours

An 81-year-old grandmother has been jailed for waging a campaign of harassment against her neighbours. Described by a judge as “the original neighbour from hell”, Dorothy Evans tormented Angela and Roberto Casa for ten years.

She took a sledge hammer to the wall dividing their houses and told the couple’s 13-year-old daughter she was “a witch and would cast a spell on her family and kill her pet dog”. She also showed her bottom to Mrs Casa’s mother and accused Mrs Casa of being a prostitute. Evans was due to be sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday after being convicted of harassment and six breaches of an antisocial behaviour order. But she did not attend that hearing, leading Judge Roderick Denyer QC to threaten to issue a warrant for her arrest.

When she turned up on Monday, he jailed her for six months and said: “Despite your age and despite your infirmities, you have deliberately made life a misery for neighbours. The consequences must now be brought home to you.” The court heard that Evans, from Abergavenny in South Wales, had a string of previous convictions over neighbourhood disputes between 1999 and 2005.

Evans’s barrister, David Webster, told the court that the source of the dispute was flooding at her home which was kept under control by pumping. This prevented her from selling up, he said, and she blamed this on whoever was living next door. The widow, who was a GI war bride, looked shaken as she was lifted to her feet and used two walking sticks to be led to the cells. Her daughter, Barbara Thomas, who lives with her, ran up to the dock in tears as her mother was led away.

The judge's verdict: You are a manipulative and vindictive old woman who clearly harassed your neighbours. You are the original neighbour from hell.

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