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Asbo for woman's rhubarb attack
Margaret Porter
Margaret Porter had a fraught relationship with her brother
A woman from North Yorkshire who attacked her brother with a stick of rhubarb has been give a six-year anti-social behaviour order (Asbo).

Margaret Porter, 50, became angry when her brother William laughed at her as he reversed his Land Rover in Askrigg.

Northallerton magistrates heard this was part of long-running family feud and one of the sticks of rhubarb hit the 72-year-old in the eye.

Porter admitted common assault at a hearing in November.

'Erratic' behaviour

The court was told there was a long history of disputes between the defendant and her brother and other family members dating back to her father's will, which she felt had been unfair to her.

The police had become so concerned at her "erratic" behaviour that they had recommended that an anti-social behaviour order should be served to protect her family.

On Thursday, she was given a 40 hour community service order for the rhubarb attack on her brother in May 2004 as well as the Asbo.

Under the terms of the order, Porter of Newbiggin near Northallerton is not permitted to assault or threaten anyone, damage or threaten to damage another person's property and enter or attempt to enter her son or his partner's property without prior approval.

She faces a possible jail term if she acts "in a manner that is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress."




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Rhubarb attack in family feuding
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