Retired academic, 75, who harassed her neighbour in 25-year feud is spared jail

Retired academic, 75, who harassed her neighbour in 25-year feud is spared jail
Retired academic, 75, who harassed her neighbour in 25-year feud is spared jail

A retired academic who harassed her neighbour for 25 years, after they fell out when she played Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' too loudly, has been spared jail.

Dr Elizabeth Hall, 75, was convicted of harassment after a bitter dispute stretching back decades with long-suffering Christine Penny, 73.

The pensioner claims the row first broke out when Ms Penny played the 1968 Sinatra hit from her home at Melville Hall, in Edgbaston, Birmingham in 1996.

Dr Elizabeth Hall, 75, was convicted of harassment after a bitter dispute stretching back decades

Dr Elizabeth Hall, 75, was convicted of harassment after a bitter dispute stretching back decades 

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Since then the pair have been at loggerheads with accusations Ms Penny was responsible for flooding her property and throwing dog food through her letterbox.

A court heard she bombarded former hotel owner Ms Penny with 53 emails in six weeks, which led to her taking anti-depressants and her childhood stutter returning.

The feud began after Mrs Penny played Frank Sinatra 'too loudly'

The feud began after Mrs Penny played Frank Sinatra 'too loudly'

Hall admitted harassing Ms Penny last year and breaching a restraining order in 2019 when she appeared at Birmingham Crown Court last month.

On Monday she was sentenced to 12 months prison, suspended for 21 months.

Judge Roderick Henderson told Hall she was 'in complete denial' over her behaviour.

He said: 'There is plainly a number of convictions.

'She is 75-years-old and plainly an articulate and intelligent woman and until a few years ago had not come across the path of court.

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'The restraining order was very quickly broken.

'This is a very serious breach of the restraining order. It was persistent and it has, I have no doubt, had a significant effect on the complainant in this case.'

In a victim impact statement, Ms Penny said she 'continues to suffer from the behaviour of her neighbour Dr Hall'.

The statement added: 'There are too many arrests and breaches of bail to even recall, she continues to

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