Amateur gardener fined after punching victim in the face outside Dorset house in row over pots

An irate amateur gardener has been found guilty of assault after assaulting her neighbor’s friend for objecting to plant pots on display.

Angela Williams, 57, launched a furious attack when she heard a comment from Jasmina Vidovic about the large containers in the driveway of her £400,000 bungalow home in Christchurch, Dorset.

Her neighbor Peter Adams, a 62-year-old university lecturer, had previously complained to Williams about the pots blocking his 2-foot-wide path to the side of his bungalow next door.

He had put a note on Williams’ door asking her to move the jars, but it was messed up and pushed back through his letterbox.

But tempers flew and in a later ugly argument Williams called Ms Vidovic a “fat cow” before punching her in the face four times – leaving her with bruises and headaches.

The apparently innocuous garden decorations landed Williams green-fingered in court after she was told she would have to pay hundreds of pounds in fines and compensation for assaulting Ms Vidovic.

Williams was fined £180 and ordered to pay Ms Vidovic £100 in damages at the Poole Magistrates’ Court, but shocked the judges present by shouting from the dock: ‘She ain’t getting a dime from me!’

Angela Williams, 57, (pictured) launched a furious attack when she heard a comment from Jasmina Vidovic on the drive from her £400,000 bungalow home in Christchurch, Dorset

Pictured are the large plant pots that stood in Williams' driveway.  The apparently harmless decorations caused an ugly fight that ended up in hot water at court for the amateur gardener

Pictured are the large plant pots that stood in Williams’ driveway. The apparently harmless decorations caused an ugly fight that ended up in hot water at court for the amateur gardener

On May 14, 2020, Peter Adams returned to his home in a cul-de-sac in Mudeford in Dorset, along with Ms Vidovic when she commented on the pots.

A court heard that Williams was scurrying in her front yard at the time and was hidden from view by a trellis.

Hearing the remark, she rushed up to Mrs. Vidovic, called her a ‘fat cow’ and said to Mr. Adams, ‘Can’t you do better than that, Peter?’ while referring to his ‘girlfriend’.

Ms Vidovic, who is originally from Bosnia and in her 40s, considered that a racist statement.

Williams then repeatedly punched a shocked Ms. Vidovic, who was holding two carrier bags of tomato plants at the time. The rescuer suffered facial bruising and headaches.

The next day, Williams left a note at her neighbor’s door apologizing for her “unfeminine behavior.”

She was arrested for assault and alleged to the police that she was Mrs. Vidovic had only punched in self-defense.

But she was found guilty of assault after a trial at the Poole Magistrates’ Court and was ordered to pay her victim £100 in damages.

The apparently unrepentant defendant shouted from the court dock, “She won’t get a dime from me.”

Williams was warned she could go to jail if she didn’t pay.

Williams then repeatedly punched a shocked Mrs Vidovic, who was holding two carrier bags of tomato plants at the time, outside her £400,000 home (pictured above, right)

Williams then repeatedly punched a shocked Mrs Vidovic, who was holding two carrier bags of tomato plants at the time, outside her £400,000 home (pictured above, right)

After the ordeal, assistant professor Peter Adams, 62, (above) said the stress of the case had caused him and Ms Vidovic to split up.  He also sold his house with it

After the ordeal, assistant professor Peter Adams, 62, (above) said the stress of the case had caused him and Ms Vidovic to split up. He also sold his house with it

Afterward, Mr Adams said the stress of the case had caused him and Ms Vidovic to split up. He also sold his house for it.

Magistrates learned that Williams had lived in the detached bungalow at Mountbatten Close, Mudeford, for about 14 years.

She had always kept the five flower pots filled with roses, azaleas, and hebes close to the side wall of the adjacent building.

But in the months leading up to the attack, there had been an ongoing dispute over those blocking Mr. Adams’ route to his backyard.

A few weeks before Williams told a friend she would “turn down her block” if she talked about Ms. Vidovic complaining about them.

Mr Adams said that when they returned home on the day in question, Ms Vidovic found that the path was still blocked.

He said, ‘I couldn’t walk my path because of the pots, they blocked my route. I was angry about the pots.

“I had written Angela a note politely asking them to be removed and the note had been messed up and stabbed through my door.

‘She (Mrs Vidovic) noticed that there were many pots against my property and told me that this was a danger.

“I was aware of Angela in the background in her front yard, about 20 feet away.

Angela said it’s ‘none of your business’ in a rather loud and aggressive tone.

“She walked up to her and called her names. She said “fat cow” and “couldn’t you do better, Peter?”

Angela was referring to a party a few weeks earlier where she said to my friends, ‘I’d knock her block off.’

Magistrates were shown the map Williams had posted through her neighbors door in the wake of the attack.

Williams (pictured) was fined £180 and ordered to pay Ms Vidovic £100 in damages at the Poole Magistrates' Court, but shocked the judges in attendance by shouting from the accused: 'She's not getting a dime from me!'

Williams (pictured) was fined £180 and ordered to pay Ms Vidovic £100 in damages at the Poole Magistrates’ Court, but shocked the judges in attendance by shouting from the accused: ‘She’s not getting a dime from me!’

It read, “Peter, I apologize for my unfeminine behavior. Angie. X’

Ms Vidovic admitted to making a comment about the plant pots.

She said, “The plant pots were along the side of the wall of the house in the path. I knew Peter was very annoyed that he couldn’t use the path to get into the backyard anymore. The pots were clearly on his side.

‘I wasn’t angry. I thought it was funny that the jars were still there after he said so many times that he didn’t want them there.

‘Why would I want to arrange something that is none of my business?

‘I was devastated. It went from a really nice day to a disaster where I was beaten up and humiliated.’

Williams claimed the well-maintained plant pots had never been a problem and would have moved them if asked.

She told police that Ms Vidovic had started to “complain” about the jars and pointed her finger in her face.

She added: “I felt threatened by her and, in a preemptive strike, hit her once in the face with my right hand with the force I thought reasonable in the circumstances.”

The magistrates rejected her version of events and found her guilty.

Williams was fined £180 and made to pay £100 and a £34 victim allowance.

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