This is rather a belated update, but written with appreciative thanks to those who wrote to ask me about the 3 year nightmare saga involving my poisonous, bullying neighbour referred to in my last post.
In summary, I now live in an idyllic rural village spoilt only by the presence of a nutty bully whose house backs onto mine, who has been deliberately making the lives of his close neighbours a nightmare for something over 20 years, his ultimate aim being to force people to move house. He does this purely out of malignancy and malice. He’s succeeded in a scarily significant number of cases, though: my house and that of my normal neighbour next door have sold 11 times between them in the last 10 years. Um…
Anyway, two weeks ago we went to court. The nutter had sued me in the county court in an attempt to persuade the police to drop criminal proceedings they’d brought against him in relation to his behaviour towards me. He was attempting to argue that there was some sort of ongoing civil dispute between us, when in fact there was no such thing. On sight of the proceedings he’d issued the CPS immediately dropped the case. Other nutters who may stumble across this posting, though, beware. It’s easy to go to the county court and issue proceedings which consist of a pile of lies, but the day may come when you’ll be called expensively to account.
Anyway, we had a four day trial two weeks ago in front of a tough judge. It was very stressful, but the outcome was that the nutter’s case against me was dismissed in its entirety, whereas my applications against him for injunctions and damages for harassment were entirely successful. I now have 3 injunctions against the nutter, and he has been ordered to pay me a significant sum in damages for the anguish he’s put me through during the last three years. It’s very likely that in a couple of weeks he’ll also be ordered to pay an extremely considerable sum in costs. Fortunately that doesn’t affect me, as I was willing (of necessity) to spend six months at the outset jumping through 1,001 hoops in order to compel my insurance company to honour the legal expenses insurance clause in my policy.
My neighbour will always be a malignant man, but he’s very quickly altered his approach to the way he behaves towards me. Most of us in the village live in hope that he might have to move away.
So! Things are now looking very significantly up, chez Peewiglet :) I now have something approaching peace at home, a rewarding and fun job with congenial colleagues and an exciting allotment! More of the allotment to come soon :)
Little Piglet the terrier continues to thrive, although we had to say goodbye to Puss-Puss just before Christmas. She had a happy last few years terrorising the local wildlife, though, despite her lack of teeth (I think she sucked them to death), and she knew that she was loved.
That’s it for now, then. No doubt there are many pictures of tomatoes and cucumbers to follow soon. I hope :)
Oh! And I forgot to say that I now have super-fast broadband. 1GB per second, so it’s alleged! :)