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Woman, 82, 'broke Asbo 10 times'

Dorothy Evans
Dorothy Evans outside court on Monday

An 82-year-old grandmother broke an Asbo 10 times by abusing her neighbours and putting a curse on a family, Cardiff Crown Court has heard.

Dorothy Evans is accused of breaching her anti-social behaviour order 10 times in nine months.

The trial heard the pensioner has been in a long-running feud with neighbours in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.

She denies charges of breaching her Asbo by causing harassment, alarm or distress to her neighbours.

Prosecutor Phillip Morris told the court Mrs Evans had breached the Asbo imposed on her three years ago on 10 occasions between 1 September, 2007, and June 5, 2008.

Mr Morris said: "Mrs Evans was made the subject on an Asbo in May 2005 by magistrates after causing, alarm and distress to her neighbours.

'Stupid cow'

"Since that order was made, she had continued to be abusive to her neighbours - the Casa family on one side and the Staffords on the other.

"She has called Mrs Casa a stupid cow and an idiot. She called her a slut and said she was out all hours of the night with different men.

"She called Mrs Casa a bitch and said that tickets for an amateur dramatic show in the town had not sold because she was in it."

The court heard Mrs Evans also allegedly encouraged her daughter Barbara Thomas to drive her car at Mrs Casa.

She is also accused of breaching her Asbo by repeatedly hitting Mrs Casa's car with her walking stick in the feud in Park Crescent in Abergavenny.

Mr Morris told the jury that neighbour Gemma Stafford went to investigate after hearing sounds like someone hitting a wall with a sledgehammer.

He said: "Mrs Evans was there. She was using the f-word. She was aggressive and put a curse on a Gemma Stafford's father.

"She failed to control her temper and caused her neighbours upset on each of these occasions."

Mrs Evans opted to stand in the dock when the trial began on Monday but complained that she could neither hear the evidence nor see what was going on because of her poor eyesight.

The trial continues.


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