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Nightmare neighbour’s cruel rant in disabled parking row

Anthony Doughty, 67, was returning home at night from the pub and passing Clare Green’s terraced house.

Prosecutor Angela Blackmore said over a 10-day period in June this year, Doughty started abusing Ms Green as he walked past her open window, muttering on several occasions: “Horrible f***ing woman, what a horrible f***ing woman.”

Ms Blackmore told Wirral magistrates’ court: “On June 14, there was another incident. She had recently had a disabled parking bay put outside her house. She heard him say, ‘Poor old cripple, God bless her’.

“Police spoke to the defendant and he agreed that he did use the language. He said it was borne out of frustration out of what he says were parking issues and issues in the past.”

In a statement, Ms Green said: “I was really offended by the term ‘cripple’ and also referring to me as a ‘horrible old bag’. It…is causing me great distress.” The nature of Ms Green’s disability was not revealed.

Magistrate Geoffrey Green told Doughty: “This was a nasty incident, borne out of frustration that has culminated over years.”

Married Doughty, of Tranmere, was ordered to pay Ms Green £200 compensation after admitting harassment and threatening behaviour.

He also had £50 added to his initial £288 fine due to his “disability hate” behaviour, and was told to pay £235 in costs and a victim surcharge, and given a 12-month restraining order.



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