Neil Speight, 47, is pictured outside Stockport Magistrates Court where he was handed a 12-month restraining order after admitting a campaign of harassment against his neighbours Nadine and John Pearson
A neighbour from hell who played The Addams Family theme tune at full blast as part of a five-year hate campaign has been given a 12-month restraining order.
Neil Speight, 47, also played The Laughing Policeman loudly and was known to shout the names of Nadine and John Pearson's children through the adjoining wall of their semi-detached home.
The couple, of Stockport, Greater Manchester, claim they were afraid to spend time in their own garden after his foul-mouthed rant that saw him falsely brand them paedophiles.
They told Stockport Magistrates Court the abuse began soon after they moved in in 2013 following a complaint about noise coming from Speight's house.
It spiralled into a five-year 'living hell', while the couple had to cope with the stresses of bringing up young children and working long shifts.
Speight, who has previous convictions for malicious communications, admitted harassment and was banned from contacting his neighbours for a year.
The court was told one of the Pearsons' young children picked up swear words after being forced to listen to Speight 'relentless, loud and intense screaming of constant abuse'.
Police initially failed to act, the couple claim, but when they gave officers a recording of one of his hate-filled meltdowns he was arrested and charged.
In a statement to police Mrs Pearson, who is in her thirties, said: 'I just can't begin to explain our family's suffering at the hands of this man.
'We got into a dispute with him due to noise coming from his house but what followed was a campaign of bullying and hatred constantly and all because of a simple noise complaint.
'He was calling my children through the wall when they were in their bedroom and he was loudly playing sounds from the Laughing Policeman and the Addams Family.
'He was also throwing snowballs into the front garden.'
She added: 'When we moved in in 2013 we had a newborn baby and I was pregnant and my sister was fighting cancer.
'But Mr Speight made all this more acute and my husband worked 12 hour shifts sometimes at night so I spent long periods at home with just my daughter.
The Pearsons live in a semi-detached house in Stockport that shares a wall with Neil Speight
'Your home is supposed to be a place of safety and refuge, especially with young children growing up but that is not the case here.
'Problems like this don't go away and are constant. This has been one of the hardest things I have had to deal with in my life.
'I am furious about what happened and at the lack of action from the police.
'He said he could do what he wanted and the police couldn't do anything whilst my family were left unprotected and vulnerable.
'If it was only adults