The neighbors’ argument ended with a man breaking into a fence


A row between neighbors over construction work boiled over when a man “acted on impulse” by kicking a fence and ripping a doorbell.

Raymond Sultana, 53, clashed with a neighbor as she pulled up in his driveway in Thorpe-le-Soken in February.

Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard the victim hear Sultana scream, before opening the driver’s side door and confronting her.

The court heard he was angry with the reporting of the case to council, but the victim responded by saying “it had nothing to do with her.”

Sultana “began to ram” the fence in front of her property, before tearing her doorbell off her front door.

The doorbell was replaced free of charge by the manufacturer, but the victim had to pay £ 150 to repair his fence.

In an impact statement, the victim said she was “afraid of what he would do” after police released him after his arrest.

She said she ended up with “a real sense of paranoia, adding,” Some of my family knew about the problem and didn’t get resolved because of it.

“I have moved now and now they can come back. ”

Sultana, of Frinton Road, Thorpe-le-Soken, admitted a criminal damage charge.

By way of mitigation, the court heard that he had undertaken extension work at the back of his property and had agreed to help his neighbor with certain work “free of charge or at very low cost”.

But there had been “lingering problems” with the neighbor, despite the fact that he had “tried to be aware” of the noise generated by his extension works.

The court heard he felt “provoked, mistreated and intimidated”

and “felt he had had enough”.

He was suffering from a mental health crisis as a result of a problem with his neighbor, his lawyer telling the court “he tried to help him, to be polite and to be kind”.

The court heard he regretted having “acted on impulse” by damaging his property.

Magistrates ordered Sultana to pay £ 409 in fines and court costs, including £ 150 in compensation for damage to the fence.

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