Pensioner used threatening behaviour towards her neighbours

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A 73-year-old woman used threatening behaviour towards her neighbours, a court was told.

Gillian Bonnett, of Jenkins Close, Skegness, admitted using threatening or abusive and insulting words and behaviour towards Jane Norris and Lisa Cartwright on August 8, when she appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said that Bonnett, who had no previous convictions, had banged on the wall at 12.50am.

The couple then saw Bonnett outside by the bins waving a knife around and when one of them went out to see what was wrong, she was chased back in by Bonnett, who then banged on their door with the knife.

The police were called and she was arrested and admitted banging on the wall to ‘annoy’ her neighbours and said she was ‘annoyed’ by their sexuality. She said she banged on their door to ‘scare’ them.

Nicholas Alderson, mitigating, said Bonnett found it difficult now to offer any explanation for her behaviour.

“She is a nocturnal person and was using the knife to cut up some boxes,” Mr Alderson said, adding that she suffered from depression but did not know what had brought this on. “She accepts that she did use homophobic words and admits she is uncomfortable with these ladies’ lifestyles,” he told the court.

He added that she was planning on moving to be nearer her family.

Last Tuesday, magistrates told Bonnet that she had to accept society as it is as well as other people’s relationships.

She was given a three year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.