Asbo-breach octogenarian facing jail
Made neighbours' life 'absolute hell', court hears
An 81-year-old woman has been told she faces jail for harassing her neighbours and breaching the conditions of her Asbo, the BBC reports.
Dorothy Evans, of Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, will appear for sentencing at Cardiff Crown Court after being found guilty of a sustained campaign against next door neighbours Angela and Roberto Casa. Between January and June 2006 she made their lives "absolute hell", a trial in February heard.
On one occassion, Evans "told the Casas' 13-year-old daughter she was a witch and would cast a spell on her family and kill her pet dog". Angela Casa "claimed the pensioner called her a prostitute and also that she tried to run her off the road on several occasions and had hit her with a walking stick".
Mrs Evans had four previous convictions for harassment and eight convictions for breaching a restraining order, between 1999 and 2005, the court heard.
Evans was found guilty on one count of harassing her neighbours and six charges of breaching her Asbo. Judge Roderick Denyer QC warned Evans that, despite her advanced years, he was "seriously contemplating a prison sentence" - described as "the only way of bringing home to her that she could not go on behaving like this".
Evans failed to attend the earlier hearing due to a hospital appointment. The judge further warned her that if she failed to show up for sentencing without a "very good reason", he'd issue a warrant for her arrest.
Angela Casa said of the verdict: "I don't really care what the sentence is, I just hope she never speaks to me again. I just want to be able to get up in the morning and go out into my garden without having to worry about abuse." ®
Old ... oh she must be innocent
Kids are apparantly losing their manners and should be strung up; but if you're old and "cute", everyone's immediate belief is you are innocent? Hmmm, a nation of ageists ...
The other side....
Do the people on the other side get the same level of abuse? Or has she already driven them out? (Or possibly she's end of terrace.... what do I know?) Likewise, I'm also left wondering what caused this friction in the first place.
I think this delightful specimen of geriactricity probably just needs a hug....
Remember Monty Python's "Hell's Grannies"?
Seems like this is a case in point.
I can't help wondering how weak this 'victim' has to be if she can't ignore the comments from some withered old crone who lives next door. I also can't help wondering if there is more to this story. For example, why is the old woman hurling insults?