Wee spot of bother

PUBLISHED: 12:04 05 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:24 06 May 2010

Barry Trussell with the victimised van

Barry Trussell with the victimised van

A PEED-OFF pensioner inconvenienced by a parking dispute took matters into his own hands by pouring urine over his neighbour s van. Stanley Johnson, 78, was caught on police camera tipping the liquid into the heater vents and over the main body of Barry T

A PEED-OFF pensioner inconvenienced by a parking dispute took matters into his own hands by pouring urine over his neighbour's van.

Stanley Johnson, 78, was caught on police camera tipping the liquid into the heater vents and over the main body of Barry Trussell's Transit van.

A court heard on Tuesday that the van was parked in a visitor's bay outside Johnson's house in Page Close, Baldock.

Police had set up a secret camera after flooring installer Mr Trussell had alerted them to the suspicious and unpleasant smell in his vehicle.

At Stevenage Magistrates' Court Johnson initially denied the charge of causing criminal damage but changed his plea after seeing the video of himself in action.

Simone Danvers, for the crown prosecution service, said that the incident was a neighbours' dispute about Mr Trussell parking his van outside Johnson's house.

She added: "The defendant took a dislike to Barry Trussell parking there."

James Hennessey, defending, said that Johnson could not remember committing the offence, but accepted that it was him on the video, taken in April last year.

Mr Hennessey showed the court a medical form from an application Johnson had made to be rehoused, which stated that he had had three heart attacks and suffers from depression and anxiety.

"Quite clearly his medical and mental state are deteriorating," Mr Hennessey said.

He added that Johnson felt "he was a victim" and believed he had been harassed by Mr Trussell.

Johnson had claimed that Mr Trussell had driven his van at him and put pressure on him to change his will.

He was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £220 costs and £16 compensation to Mr Trussell.

Speaking to The Comet after the hearing, Mr Trussell said he was "a bit disappointed" by the outcome of the case.

He added: "What can you do with an old man? But I thought they might put an ASBO or some order against him."

"I'm not a grudging person, I never wanted it to get to court, I wanted him to leave me alone and let us got on with our lives.

"I still laugh because I can't believe it has got this far.

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