Case study: Res­i­dent still wait­ing for re­pair cash

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Aberdeen res­i­dent Michelle Gavin has had 18 months of frus­tra­tion as she waits for com­pen­sa­tion from an in­truder who broke her fence.

She was due to start re­ceiv­ing money to­wards the £400 bill to fix the fence at her home in the city’s Cat­tofield Gar­dens in June last year, but said she had still not re­ceived “a penny”.

“It hap­pened on April 8, 2016, at ap­prox­i­mately 3.30pm. I heard a noise out­side in my neigh­bours’ drive,” said Ms Gavin.

“I went up­stairs and there’s a guy com­ing over my fence and wall. This guy wasn’t even be­ing chased by the po­lice but he had seen a po­lice car go­ing past and he took to his heels. I was told he would ap­pear in court within six months. He ap­peared in court in June last year and he got a fixed penalty of £400, to be paid at £5 per week.

“He should have been re­pay­ing by June and this is now November 2017 and I’ve never re­ceived a penny.”

She added: “He has been hauled back and forth to court. It’s an on­go­ing cy­cle. My fence is still bro­ken, I don’t have the money to pay for it.

“Per­son­ally, I don’t care who pays for my fence, I just want my fence fixed.”

Pho­to­graph by Kami Thomson

STILL BRO­KEN: Michelle Gavin’s fence.

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