A former teacher organized a campaign of harassment against her neighbor as “revenge” after she was evicted from her beach hut for playing loud music, a court heard.
Michele Spicer, 60, had paid £15,000 for her Goring-by-Sea beach cottage in West Sussex following her divorce in 2020, a place she called her “mermaid haven”, but was evicted in 2021.
The disputes escalated after her neighbor accused her of playing loud music on her Mercedes radio near the cabins.
Spicer became convinced a neighbor was plotting to evict her, a court heard. When the city council took away her cabin, she launched a “revenge” campaign against the neighbor that became so severe that the victim was forced to leave the city and even change jobs.
The High Court in London heard that her behavior led to an anti-harassment injunction, but that Spicer “continued to harass and intimidate” the former neighbor.
Judge Richard Pearce found her in contempt of court for breaching the court order and handed Spicer a 24-week prison sentence suspended for two years, as well as having to pay her former neighbour’s legal costs, estimated at £53,000. .