NEIGH­BOUR WAS ‘A NIGHT­MARE’

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - LIZ DAY Re­porter liz.day@waleson­line.co.uk

A“NIGHT­MARE neigh­bour” sprayed bleach out of her win­dow, which landed on an­other res­i­dent’s three-yearold child and dam­aged wash­ing hang­ing up in the com­mu­nal gar­den.

Emma Car­ling twice breached a re­strain­ing or­der that had been im­posed just weeks ear­lier for send­ing threat­en­ing mes­sages, in­clud­ing a pic­ture of a base­ball bat.

Sen­tenc­ing her at Cardiff Crown Court, Recorder Gre­gory Tre­ver­ton-Jones QC warned her: “If there are any fur­ther breaches of the or­der, you will be likely to be sent to prison.”

David Pugh, pros­e­cut­ing, said there had been “some bad feel­ing” between Car­ling and the com­plainant, who lived in the same block of flats in Pen­twyn.

The court heard that the com­plainant raised con­cerns about how the de­fen­dant was look­ing af­ter her dog, lead­ing to an ar­gu­ment.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Car­ling sent the com­plainant a pic­ture of a base­ball bat on Face­book Mes­sen­ger and told her: “Snitches get stiches.”

On June 8, she was made the sub­ject of a 12-month re­strain­ing or­der, pre­vent­ing her from con­tact­ing the com­plainant.

Mr Pugh said she breached it six weeks later at 3.15pm on July 23 by hang­ing out of her liv­ing room win­dow and film­ing the com­plainant with one of her chil­dren.

The court heard the com­plainant asked her to stop and told her she did not have per­mis­sion to film her child.

Car­ling said: “Yeah, I am film­ing. I’m film­ing you lock­ing the gate.”

Pros­e­cu­tors said there had been a dis­pute about the gate and the neigh­bours be­gan shout­ing at each other.

Mr Pugh added: “The com­plainant said she was fool­ish to film her­self break­ing her own re­strain­ing or­der.”

The court heard the com­plainant walked away and the de­fen­dant moved to her bed­room win- dow to keep film­ing.

Two days later, the same com­plainant was in the com­mu­nal gar­den with her three-year-old son and an­other neigh­bour.

Pros­e­cu­tors said she had just fin­ished hang­ing out her wash­ing when Car­ling opened her win­dows and started spray­ing bleach.

The court heard that the de­fen­dant said: “Isn’t it nice to clean your win­dows with bleach? Did you know bleach stains clothes?”

Mr Pugh said: “She was spray­ing bleach to­wards the win­dows and also to­wards the com­plainants.”

He told the court some bleach went on the child, who was not hurt, but was up­set by the in­ci­dent. The sec­ond neigh­bour’s clothes were dam­aged by the bleach.

In a vic­tim per­sonal state­ment, the three-year-old’s mum said she had de­cided to move, due to the in­ci­dent.

Speak­ing af­ter the hear­ing, she de­scribed Car­ling as a “night­mare neigh­bour”.

In her po­lice in­ter­view, the de­fen­dant said she was record- ing her neigh­bour be­cause the coun­cil had ad­vised her to do it.

She stated she was clean­ing her win­dows and ac­cepted some bleach may have blown on to the wash­ing be­cause it was windy.

Car­ling, 33, from Penn­syl­va­nia in Pen­twyn, Cardiff, ad­mit­ted two counts of breach­ing a re­strain­ing or­der.

Ieuan Rees, de­fend­ing, said she has been “lit­er­ally camp­ing out” since be­ing re­leased on bail, as she did not want to risk con­tact with the com­plainant.

The court heard she has taken steps to ad­dress her heroin ad­dic­tion and has got a job lined up in a call cen­tre.

Mr Rees said she has been try­ing to move away from the area and is on a house swap list and wait­ing list with Caer­philly coun­cil.

Recorder Tre­ver­ton-Jones QC said: “These were both clear breaches of the re­strain­ing or­der.”

Car­ling was given an 18-month com­mu­nity or­der, re­quir­ing her to com­plete 15 days of a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity, and a five-year re­strain­ing or­der was made.

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