Sandra Durdin and Trevor Dempsey each denied a charge of harassment at Thames Magistrates’ Court
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A couple have appeared in court accused of a year-long campaign against their neighbour including overwatering plants to flood her alleyway and putting up barbed wire on garden fencing.
Sandra Durdin, 58, and Trevor Dempsey, 62, denied a charge of harassment when they appeared in the dock together at Thames Magistrates' Court today (Thursday, December 30).
The details of the charge include putting up props and dolls, putting up a piece of black felt with colourful paint on it and parking vehicles on their then neighbour Joanne Shreeves’ driveway in The Ridgeway, Chingford.
The court heard between June 26, 2020 and August 18, 2021, the couple are alleged to have used an “excessive amount of water” to water their plants, which would flood Ms Shreeves’ alleyway.
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Barbed wire and props were also allegedly put up during that 14-month period which caused “distress” to Ms Shreeves.
The couple have also been accused of “erecting ash black felt with colourful paint over the felt” and of repeatedly parking in their neighbour’s driveway.
Durdin, who is also accused of destroying a £1,350 CCTV camera belonging to Ms Shreeves in May 2021, pleaded not guilty to a charge of criminal damage.
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The couple are now living in Ramsgate, Kent.
Appearing before Judge William Nelson, they both pleaded not guilty and were conditionally bailed.
The case is scheduled for a two-day trial at Stratford Magistrates Court on April 11, 2022.
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