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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 October, 2004, 17:37 GMT 18:37 UK
Grandfather Asbo jury sent home
Alexander Muat
Mr Muat denies the allegations
A jury trying a great-grandfather accused of breaking an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) by harassing his neighbours has been sent home.

Alexander Muat, 88, of Bowring Park Avenue, Huyton, Merseyside, is thought to be the oldest person to be issued with an Asbo.

His neighbours, Alison and Derek Fowler, told Liverpool Crown Court he used threatening language against them.

Mr Muat is accused of breaking his Asbo six times and putting a person in fear.

Theresa Loftus, prosecuting, told the court that he allegedly threatened Mr and Mrs Fowler and filmed Mrs Fowler and her brother Christopher Donohue when he was visiting her home.

'Sarcastic remarks'

It is also claimed that he threatened Mr Donohue with a wooden baton.

An original order, imposed last July, banned him from taking photographs of his neighbours, banging doors, swearing, making sarcastic remarks at them or shouting so as to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

The jury spent two hours deliberating on Wednesday but was unable to reach a decision and was sent home by the judge to consider its verdict.

Mr Muat denies the allegations.

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