A man who subjected his next door neighbours to four years of harassment has been found guilty of breaking a restraining order– just a day after it was handed down to him.
During the hate campaign Stephen Aylott, 53, unsettled his Woburn neighbours by continually slamming doors and windows and by deliberately running his lawnmower every time they went into their garden.
He would also taunt them over their weight by making oinking noises, referring to them as ‘pigs’ and by ripping out weight loss articles from magazines to throw over their fence.
The harassment earned Aylott a restraining order, which he broke in less than 24 hours later by jumping in front of his neighbour’s moving car, making a ‘silly face’ and running back inside his home.
A trial at Luton Magistrates Court yesterday heard that on May 29 Robert D’Angelo went out for a drive his wife and grandson.
As they returned they spotted Aylott pulling up outside his home and decided to avoid confrontation by waiting in the car at the bottom of the road.
After around five minutes the couple decided to leave the cul-de-sac but as they passed their home Aylott stepped in front of the car, forcing Mr D’Angelo to perform an emergency brake.
Aylott then made a ‘silly face’ before returning to his housing association bungalow.
Mr D’Angelo said that the near miss had left him ‘extremely alarmed’.
He said: “I drove at a slow speed and as my vehicle approached his he jumped out and ran to the back of his car.
“He saw me coming and jumped in front of my car.
“I did an emergency stop and he threw his hands up in the air and did a silly face.
“I was extremely angry and shouted ‘You stupid idiot’
“It was done intentionally for harassment.”
Giving evidence, Mr D’Angelo’s wife Bernadetta said that Aylott had ‘leapt like a gazelle’.
Two days after the incident the 53-year-old broke the terms of his restraining order again, by banging the back windows of his home as Mr D’Angelo was in the garden.
Following the incidents Aylott was ordered to live at his mother’s address in Arlesey and Mr D’Angelo described the time without the 53-year-old next door as ‘the best four months we have had’.
He said: “It is extremely joyful that we can go in and out whenever we choose without being confronted with slamming or pulling down of under clothes.
“(It has) made us feel like new people”.
Mr D’Angelo added that Aylott had eliminated any chance for ‘peace and quiet’ in the four and a half years they lived at the property on Eleanor Close.
District judge Nicholas Leigh-Smith found Aylott guilty of breaking his restraining order and adjourned sentence until October 15.