Woman 'trapped in hell' by noisy drunken neighbour in Lincolnshire village
A woman made her neighbour's life a misery with booze-fuelled screaming and shouting, a court heard.
Debra Gibson, 37, was served a notice to stop making noise, after a string of complaints between early 2011 and July this year, from her neighbours in Heighington.
Recordings, taken using specialist equipment, measured that the level of noise coming from the terraced house amounted to a statutory nuisance.
She was served with a noise abatement notice in November last year but further complaints were made by neighbours.
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Gibson, of Belvoir Square, in the village pleaded guilty to five counts of failing to comply with an abatement notice served by North Kesteven District Council (NKDC).
Prosecutor for NKDC, Jo Furner, read out excerpts from the statement of Gibson's neighbour who has lived at her address since 2003.
It said: "When I moved in, I was recently widowed and trying to pick up the pieces of my life and was not paying attention to what was happening around me.
"I soon became aware of the noise and fights next door and neighbours said it had been a problem for some time."
She went on to describe how the problem worsened over months and then years.
She said she had asked Gibson about the noise on several occasions and even gave her a hug and offered to help if she could.
"Shouting began to get much worse. Screaming started. This would be blood-curdling sessions of screams followed by banging of doors," the neighbour said.
"My life at home has become hell. I have to have the television blaring or ear plugs in most evenings and it still doesn't drown it out.
"When it's quiet my nerves are tense, waiting for it to start again.
"I have realised with horror and fear that I have no chance of selling my house. I can't bear this any longer.
"I feel I'm trapped in hell and only my character and sense of humour is getting me through it. This is not just a noisy neighbour, it's a daily assault on every fibre of my life and existence."
Sunil Khanna mitigating said the screams and shouts from Gibson, a former auxiliary nurse, would happen when she was with others and alone in her house.
He said: "She accepts she has issues with alcohol. Problems arose when her daughter was born.
"She became depressed and found it difficult to cope and her husband was abroad.
"She went to her doctor who gave her Prozac. Her colleagues told her not to take it and said she would become addicted to it. She began to seek more solace in drink, that's how she's tried to get over depression. She became more reliant on alcohol."
The court heard she was signed off sick from her job and later left.
"In her own mind she didn't have a problem with drink, " said Mr Khanna.
"When the noise abatement notice was first served the behaviour stopped for a while. But addiction took over and in January it started again.
"She's extremely embarrassed and appalled by what she did."
Gibson was fined £100 for each breach of the abatement notice. She will also pay £300 prosecution costs and a £15 victims' surcharge.
The court heard that she has been referred to a rehabilitation programme and there have been no recent noise incidents.