Warring neighbour prosecuted in row over gargoyles

A WARRING neighbour has been prosecuted – after a row broke out over some gargoyles.

A court was told Stephen Adams was in the midst of a heated boundary dispute with Brian Smoothy and the pair had fallen out.

But he really lost his rag when he came home to find the gargoyle ornaments had been taken up and placed on his front mat.

He immediately assumed it was his neighbour, in the Drakes, Shoebury, and decided to retaliate by wedging a piece under the man’s shed so he could move it a few yards.

Unfortunately he ended up causing permanent damage to the shed, two days before Christmas.

On hearing about the land disspute, Robert Caccavale, chairman of the bench at Southend Magistrates Court, said: “You should go through the proper channels. If you’ve got a land dispute with your neighbour there are means in this country to get them resolved.”

“You can’t go knocking his shed down.”

The court heard previous criminal damages had been committed by Adams in the past towards the same victim.

Adams said he had also called the police on previous occasions but was told it was a civil matter.

Adams pleaded guilty to criminal damage and was given a 12 month conditional discharge, and must pay £100 compensation to his neighbour, £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Comments (13)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

11:14am Fri 8 Feb 13

Soouthchurch59 says...

'prosecuted in row over gargoyles'

An ugly crime.
'prosecuted in row over gargoyles' An ugly crime. Soouthchurch59

1:03pm Fri 8 Feb 13

DCLEIGH says...

Sorry to be pedantic.
They would not have been Gargoyles as Gargolyes are used in the roof line to direct water away from the building (a bit like drainage pipe-heads).
These would have been classed as Grotesques.

So , it's an even more Grotesque Crime than first thought!
Sorry to be pedantic. They would not have been Gargoyles as Gargolyes are used in the roof line to direct water away from the building (a bit like drainage pipe-heads). These would have been classed as Grotesques. So , it's an even more Grotesque Crime than first thought! DCLEIGH

3:46pm Fri 8 Feb 13

stopmoaning1 says...

Give me strength!
Give me strength! stopmoaning1

4:26pm Fri 8 Feb 13

firedog says...

I bet he pulled a face when he saw that.
I bet he pulled a face when he saw that. firedog

4:49pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Bernard Fatsack says...

enforcing civil law in this country is a joke
enforcing civil law in this country is a joke Bernard Fatsack

5:32pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Carnabackable says...

Grow up the pair of you..
Grow up the pair of you.. Carnabackable

6:09pm Fri 8 Feb 13

boyracer21 says...

So stupid this even went to court anyway. What a waste of time for the pair of them and for the court. Probably aint resolved anything. There still probably at each others throat now.
So stupid this even went to court anyway. What a waste of time for the pair of them and for the court. Probably aint resolved anything. There still probably at each others throat now. boyracer21

6:37pm Fri 8 Feb 13

tac123 says...

"But he really lost his rag when he came home to find the gargoyle ornaments had been taken up and placed on his front mat."

This article reads as though it was written by a twelve year old, are the echo paying their employees with haribo these days? Please have some standards and start publishing stories written in an appropriate tone and prose, this is pathetic!
"But he really lost his rag when he came home to find the gargoyle ornaments had been taken up and placed on his front mat." This article reads as though it was written by a twelve year old, are the echo paying their employees with haribo these days? Please have some standards and start publishing stories written in an appropriate tone and prose, this is pathetic! tac123

8:40pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Soouthchurch59 says...

The frightful face of felony.
The frightful face of felony. Soouthchurch59

12:54pm Sat 9 Feb 13

runwellian says...

tac123 wrote:
"But he really lost his rag when he came home to find the gargoyle ornaments had been taken up and placed on his front mat."

This article reads as though it was written by a twelve year old, are the echo paying their employees with haribo these days? Please have some standards and start publishing stories written in an appropriate tone and prose, this is pathetic!
You are right, the standard of Echo editors is appalling, almost every article has mistakes!

As fro the issues, I bet the fine didn't do much to improve neighbourly relationships!
[quote][p][bold]tac123[/bold] wrote: "But he really lost his rag when he came home to find the gargoyle ornaments had been taken up and placed on his front mat." This article reads as though it was written by a twelve year old, are the echo paying their employees with haribo these days? Please have some standards and start publishing stories written in an appropriate tone and prose, this is pathetic![/p][/quote]You are right, the standard of Echo editors is appalling, almost every article has mistakes! As fro the issues, I bet the fine didn't do much to improve neighbourly relationships! runwellian

2:19pm Sat 9 Feb 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

I know someone who has a shed for sale if the bloke who's shed got broken was interested.
I know someone who has a shed for sale if the bloke who's shed got broken was interested. DogsMessInLeigh

2:22pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Carnabackable says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
I know someone who has a shed for sale if the bloke who's shed got broken was interested.
Who's that ? Ronnie Tretton....
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: I know someone who has a shed for sale if the bloke who's shed got broken was interested.[/p][/quote]Who's that ? Ronnie Tretton.... Carnabackable

3:23pm Mon 11 Feb 13

sosad 1 says...

Carnabackable wrote:
Grow up the pair of you..
you should grow up yes you of the spelling nazis and grammer gestapo on these threads
[quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: Grow up the pair of you..[/p][/quote]you should grow up yes you of the spelling nazis and grammer gestapo on these threads sosad 1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree