Page last updated at 12:22 GMT, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 13:22 UK

Pensioner's Asbo case adjourned

Dorothy Evans
Dorothy Evans walking away from court on Monday

The case against an 82-year-old woman who denies breaching an Asbo 10 times has been adjourned for lawyers to watch CCTV recordings.

Ninety hours of video tape which had been mentioned by a witness earlier in the trial against Dorothy Evans, given an Asbo in 2005, are to be viewed.

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

The case will resume at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday.

The Recorder of Cardiff, Judge Nicholas Cooke QC, told the jury reference had been made to "a considerable amount of video tape" which may or may not be of relevance to the trial.

He said: "Unfortunately in this case, in advance of the trial, neither the prosecution nor the defence has seen the video tapes beyond that which you have seen," he said.

The judge said there were 90 hours of tape to be viewed and that he expected lawyers to work all weekend so the trial could resume at 1400 BST on Monday.

'Boundary dispute'

On Tuesday, the jury was shown a video of Mrs Evans digging a hole between her house and her neighbour's properties over a boundary dispute.

During the hearing, Mrs Evans's neighbour Leon Stafford said problems started the day he and his wife moved into their house in Park Crescent four years ago.

He said he went round to deliver some flowers but said he was "shocked" after he had a "rant" off Mrs Evans about a previous neighbour.

He told the court: "It's accurate to say I was pretty overwhelmed with what we had got involved in.

"I would agree the boundary has been disputed by Mrs Evans, but she has not chosen at any time to present any evidence why the boundary is out or how the boundary is out."

He said that whenever he or his wife challenged Mrs Evans she became rude and abusive.

And he said that Mrs Evans had undermined the boundary by digging a large hole under the wall between the two houses at anti-social times of the day and night.

Two home videos have been shown to the jury - one featured Mr and Mrs Stafford telling the 82-year-old and her daughter to fill in the hole.

Mrs Evans is heard on the video, saying "God strike her father dead".

The jury was told Mrs Stafford's father had been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Mr Stafford's wife, Gemma, told the court the pensioner had shouted and screamed outside her home.

The trial continues.


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