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Asbo OAP gives evidence in court

Dorothy Evans
Dorothy Evans denies abusing her neighbour

An 82-year-old pensioner who is accused of breaking an anti-social behaviour order has been giving evidence at Cardiff Crown Court.

Dorothy Evans, who denies 10 breaches of an Asbo, has been in a long-running feud with neighbours in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.

The order was served in 2005 and it banned her from causing harassment, alarm or distress to her neighbours.

Mrs Evans chose to give evidence from the dock on Tuesday.

When questioned about allegations made by her neighbours, Mrs Evans repeatedly told prosecutor Philip Morris: "Don't be silly" and "Don't be so ridiculous".

She denied abusing neighbour Angela Casa or encouraging her daughter to drive into her car or against her leg.

Drainage pipe

Mrs Evans also denied hitting Mrs Casa's car with her walking stick or telling another neighbour, Emma Stafford, she had put a curse on her father, who had recently died.

She told the court she got on well with most of her neighbours in Park Crescent where she had lived for 41 years.

However, she blamed her immediate neighbours for water flowing through her garden. She said the Casas has blocked a culvert and the Staffords she said had broken a drainage pipe.

Under cross-examination, Mrs Evans agreed the Asbo has been served by Blackwood magistrates in 2005 but she did not think it was justified.

She also agreed in court she served a prison sentence last year for breaching the order but she added "because they lied."

Provoked

Mr Morris asked whether she held this against her neighbours, but Mrs Evans said she did not want anything to do with them.

Her daughter, Barbara Thomas, said she had never seen her mother be abusive to Mrs Casa.

She said she believed Mrs Casa had been trying to provoke her mother after she came out of prison.

However, Mrs Thomas said she had witnessed her mother being rude to Mrs Stafford on one occasion, but said she had been provoked.

The trial continues.


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