NATURE-LOVING Mikquita Morgan was hit by a neighbour because she fed seagulls in her garden.
The 52-year-old is still reeling after the confrontation turned violent.
She says she was punched four times by the man, who objected to her feeding the birds in her back garden.
Ms Morgan said the neighbour – Allan Graham King – who lives opposite her in Fawcett Road, Southsea, came into her home before hitting her.
She said: ‘He called the council about me feeding the seagulls and a man from the council came and had a look.
‘He said there’s nothing wrong with my place and said this man has obviously got a problem with you.
I like nature, I don’t think that’s bad and I don’t deserve a beating for it.Mikquita Morgan
‘Then, later that day he [Mr King] came around. He shut the door behind him and came right up to my face.
‘My mind just went somewhere else and I slapped him to get him away from me. Then he hit me four times.
‘I had to go to the hospital and get six stitches. He phoned the police straight away and waited outside my door.’
Mr King was given a caution, which means he admitted the attack and fined £100. But Ms Morgan and her partner, Peter, 49, said they felt justice had not been served.
Peter said: ‘I couldn’t believe how quickly they have brushed it aside.’
Speaking to The News, Mr King admitted he had gone ‘a step too far’ and called the police after he ‘saw blood’.
The 52-year-old said he lost his temper after putting up with abusive letters from Ms Morgan, and said he had endured problems with the seagulls for more than two years.
He said: ‘I feel really bad, I know that you shouldn’t punch a woman.
‘But the moment I realised I had gone a step too far, I was intelligent enough to take a step back and felt I shouldn’t have done that.
‘I said to her afterwards I was extremely sorry, and I didn’t mean to do that. But the slap in the face was the last thing I could take.’
When asked if he had punched her four times, King said: ‘It’s about right.’
King was arrested on suspicion of occasioning actual bodily harm, and was given a conditional caution for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
A Hampshire Constabulary spokeswoman said: ‘A conditional caution is a recordable offence.
‘When deciding on this type of punishment, full consideration of offender’s previous history and circumstances of the offence is considered.’
Ms Morgan said she had been feeding the same pair of seagulls, that she called Mary and Jeff, for the past two years.
She said: ‘I have known them from chicks.
‘I put sardines in a bowl for them in the morning and a bowl for them in the afternoon.
‘I like nature, I don’t think that’s bad and I don’t deserve a beating for it.’
Ms Morgan said she has not received an apology from Mr King and has since been contacted by Victim Support.
She said: ‘I have a history of nervous breakdowns. I was fragile before this happened and now I feel even more awful.’
POLICE LETTER TO ATTACK VICTIM
Dear Ms Morgan,
Allegation of offences on August 20, 2015 against Allan Graham King.
I write to inform you that the case against the above named has been investigated and a conditional caution has been administered to the offender by a senior police officer.
The decision to administer a conditional caution was made after full consideration of the offender’s previous history, the circumstances of the offence and your views in relation to the incident.
The details are as follows: to pay compensation of £100 via the centralised money handling unit at Swindon Magistrates’ Court by October 20, 2015.
A conditional caution enables the police to offer a caution with condition (S) attached, which must be completed by a special date.
In accepting a conditional caution, the offender has admitted the offence, acknowledged that this will be recorded and that it may influence any decision whether to prosecute whether they offend again.
A conditional caution may also be mentioned in any subsequent court proceedings.
In issuing a conditional caution, a number of criteria need to be met, there is also reasonable expectation that it will prevent further reoffending and will help to rehabilitate the offender and/or ensure that they make reparation for the effects of the offence on the victim or the wider community.
Each conditional caution has a review date at and this point the police will assess whether the offender has met the set condition (S).
You will receive notification in writing as to whether the offender has completed the conditional caution.
If the offender fails to comply with the conditions attached to the caution they may be prosecuted for the original offence.
The police will consider allegations of non-compliance and will then consider the case for prosecution.
In these circumstances, the police will communicate with you in writing.
If you require further information or explanation regarding this conditional caution please contact me.
People who have suffered a crime may need practical information and advice or simply someone to talk to.
Victim Support has trained volunteers who give free confidential support and information.
Should you require any more support please contact your local Victim Support scheme on 0845 389 9528 or 0127 3456 150.