Sarisbury Green OAP given restraining order for hurling abuse at neighbours

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A PENSIONER who has been given a restraining order that bans her from abusing eight of her neighbours could face eviction.

Neighbours of Linda Abbott have told how they were left afraid of being in their own homes because they would face a barrage of foul abuse from the 66-year-old.

Abbott, of Endeavour Place in Sarisbury Green, pleaded guilty to one count of assault and two of harassment at Fareham Magistrates’ Court.

Marcin and Marta Niescior moved in opposite Abbott just a few weeks after her in 2009, and the court heard how everything was fine at first. But then her behaviour changed for no apparent reason.

A statement by Mrs Niescior told how ‘she began to actually fear entering the block’ and felt ‘harassed in her own home’ by Abbott’s behaviour.

Prosecutor Noel Watkins said: ‘It was a general attitude she had. The foul language she used to these people in the block, the mumbling under her breath, staring in a way that several of the residents have described independently as “evil”.’

Abbott, who lives alone, would often swear and shout from her first floor window at residents in communal areas below. On May 27, Abbott, unprovoked, threw water from a watering can over Mr Niescior in the communal garden.

Radian Housing, the building’s owner, is conducting its own investigation, which could result in Abbott’s eviction from the block.

Spokesman Mark Wilkin said: ‘We’re considering what further action is open to ourselves to help to prevent further anti-social behaviour affecting the lives of other residents. As this may involve further legal action we are unable to make further comment on this case.’

Magistrates gave Abbott a two-year restraining order under which she must not shout, swear or use abusive language towards the Niesciors, Christopher Whiteman, Michelle Whiteman, Ian Savin, Linda Savin, Tanya Brennan and Kerry Read.

Chairwoman Joyce Neville warned Abbott if she breaches the order, she could also face prison: ‘You have made the lives of the people who live in your block very, very unpleasant.’

She was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, pay £100 compensation to each of the Niesciors and £185 costs.