An insulting former police officer is prohibited from ever returning to his own home after a judge ended his five-year hate campaign.
Not only is Stephen Lau prohibited from going to the house he owns in Exmouth, Devon, but he is also prohibited from entering the city indefinitely.
A restraining order at Exeter Crown Court means he can face up to five years in prison if he returns to his home, his only permanent residence.
The nightmare neighbor has convictions for harassing neighbor Sally Watts or damaging her property as of 2015 and was already subject to a restraining order banning further contact.
Stephen Lau (pictured) is not only prohibited from going to the house he owns in Exmouth, Devon, but he is also prohibited from entering the city indefinitely.
Stephen Lau lives in a flat in this property in Exmouth, Devon. But he is not allowed to return and is currently living with his mother
He broke the order in June last year when he left his car in her parking lot in Hartley Road, Exmouth with an insulting sign in front of the window.
He tried to trick her into destroying his own car, then went on a bizarre rage, smearing green paint at 11 different locations in Exeter and Exmouth.
The paint attacks targeted people or places he held a grudge against, including painting swastikas in two hospitals and insulting graffiti at Mrs. Watts’ attorneys and Barclays Bank’s Exmouth branch.
Lau, 60, who currently lives with his mother in Exeter, has admitted violating a previous restraining order and filing 11 criminal charges.
He was subjected to a three-year community order with a mental health treatment requirement by Judge Peter Johnson, who also imposed the new, indefinite restraining order.
He said to Lau, “Any restraining order must be necessary and proportionate in size and duration. In view of the history of this case, it seems appropriate to me to exclude you from entering Exmouth.
“These cases have been going on for a long time, and when you got bail on the condition of not entering Exmouth, it seemed to have worked. There was no offense and you kept to it.
Perhaps most important of all, the psychiatric report echoed the notion that you shouldn’t come to Exmouth.
“It’s not just Mrs. Watts, there are some potential triggers, and many of your offenses happened in Exmouth. There would be a significant risk if you were allowed to go there.
“Given the duration of this order, I can’t see any reason not to make it to a further order.”
Gareth Evans, a prosecutor, said the original restraining order banning contact with Ms. Watts was issued in 2015 and Lau received two suspended sentences for violating it.
A restraining order at Exeter Crown Court (pictured) means he will be sentenced to five years in prison when he returns to his home, his only permanent residence.
In early June, he parked his car in Mrs. Watts’ room with an obscene and insulting sign at the window. He also left a threatening message to the company that managed her property, calling them “a bunch of twats.”
The green paint attacks were carried out between June 9-11, and police recovered dashcam footage from Lau’s car, showing him driving from one target to another.
The car normally had the personalized license plate S 777 LAU, but had replaced it with the original number at the time of the attacks.
They include Wonford House Hospital in Exeter and St John’s Court Hospital in Exmouth, where he painted swastikas and obscene graffiti.
He also painted a property of Mrs. Watt’s daughter-in-law and the offices of her lawyer.
Defending Mr. Barry White, all the crimes occurred when Lau was in the throes of a flowery episode of a schizo-afflicted condition, with his guilt reduced by his mental illness.
He was forced to give up his job as a police officer because of his illness and has been hospitalized 13 times in 15 years.
He wondered if it is reasonable for someone to be banned from living in their own home, let alone going back to their home town.
He said, “To say that you can never go back to your house that you bought with your own money is a very important step and can be considered disproportionate.
“He’s been living on the property for several years. His life was there. These crimes reflect a man who is not bad, but is considerably ill. ‘