A Southmead retiree launched a campaign of harassment against his neighbors to “get his own back”.

Alan Taylor of Pensfield Park molested the couple next door for nearly a year, sometimes loudly slamming a spade and hammer in his yard.

The 75-year-old admitted that his behavior was revenge for his neighbors who played drum and bass music, which is not his taste.

Taylor told Bristol Magistrates’ Court yesterday (February 9): “They were playing loud music. It wasn’t music – it was like a drum and it went ‘Boom Boom Boom Boom’.

“Then it stopped and then it went ‘Boom Boom Boom Boom’. It took eight hours. “

The defendant pleaded guilty to the harassment between August 2019 and July 2020.

District Judge Lynne Matthews asked Taylor why he had yelled at the man and woman living next door repeatedly over a period of 11 months.

He replied, “My first word I ever had with the man was when he said, ‘What do you want you to fuck?’ I don’t tell lies at all. I stood in my own front door. I just told him to be careful where he was digging because the pipes go all the way to the middle of the garden.

“The way he was digging, he would break the sewers.”

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The judge interjected, “So by the way you treated yourself, did you decide that enough was enough and you’d get your own back?”

Taylor said, “More or less, yes.”

Judge Matthews continued, “They yelled at her for a long time and hit her walls. They have reached the end of their bonds and contacted the police. “

The defendant replied: “I hit the wall, yes. I couldn’t do anything else. “

The judge said, “They brought a hammer to their fence and hit pots and pans in the garden.”

Taylor re-explained his actions by criticizing his neighbors’ music choices and imitating the “boom-boom-boom” of the drum-and-bass genre.

He added, “I couldn’t take it anymore. But to be fair, they’re pretty quiet right now. “

The defendant said he was happy to end the feud but then criticized the man next door again.

“He dug up my stones,” said Taylor. “I got it from the Patchway Building Center. He does what he wants. He is typical of his age. “

At that point, Taylor refused to give a straight answer to the question of whether he would plead guilty.

Judge Matthews advised that he would benefit from a legal guardian, and after a short wait, Attorney Jane Taylor entered the courtroom.

She said her client plead guilty and added that he lived a “quiet life” and was remorseful for his actions.

When Ms. Taylor mentioned the beating of pots and pans, the defendant broke in: “It wasn’t pots and pans. It was a spade and a hammer. “

The lawyer replied, “Sorry. Thank you very much, Mr Taylor. “

Judge Matthews issued a parole and said to the defendant, “Well, Mr. Taylor, you’ve never been in trouble. You are 75 years old.

“I am optimistic that if you break the law, you will not get into trouble again. In the circumstances, I will say that you do not need punishment today.

“I will discharge you for 12 months, subject to conditions. If you don’t offend again, you won’t be punished.

“To ensure that the peace is maintained and that the neighbors are not disturbed, I will issue a two-year injunction preventing you from contacting them directly or indirectly.

“You are not allowed to shout in your yard, you are not allowed to hit tools or kitchen utensils to disturb the neighbors, and you are not allowed to take pictures of them.”

Taylor replied, “I have nothing to photograph.”

The judge said to him: “Well then that’s no problem for you.”

Taylor is required to pay a victim surcharge of £ 21 and law enforcement costs of £ 85.

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