Grantham court: Woman hit neighbour in long-running dispute

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A woman punched her next door neighbour following years of aggravation between them.

Jayne Elizabeth Dixon, 59, of Red Cross Street, Grantham, admitted common assault on another woman on July 2 and using threatening or abusive language or behaviour in Welby Street on July 21.

She also admitted carrying out these offences while subject to a conditional discharge for theft which was imposed in April.

Prosecuting, Tracey Ross told the court that in a statement, the victim said Dixon had lived next door to her for seven years.

In the first six months there was a lot of noise and domestic arguments in the Dixon household. On several occasions Dixon was abusive and the victim soon realised that she had an alcohol problem.

Six weeks before the statement was made, things got out of hand and Dixon was heard in her garden saying in graphic detail what she would do to the victim’s partner and their children. There was more verbal abuse and after Dixon went back into the house, that evening the fire brigade had to put out a fire in the kitchen.

On July 1, Dixon was throwing garden furniture around and was seen on CCTV attacking the fence between the two gardens with a hammer. The next day, the complainant and her sister-in-law were in the garden and received more abuse. Dixon threatened to “smack” both of them and the police were called. Later the complainant was on her way to work, walking in Brook Street, when she saw Dixon. Dixon punched the victim on the chin and neck.

Sonia Bhalla, defending, said her client had had a lot to deal with in the past, suffering from depression following the death of her son and was a binge drinker.

After reading a probation report, magistrates imposed a community order on Dixon which included supervision for 12 months and an alcohol treatment requirement for six months. A restraining order was also imposed as well as costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.