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Ex-teacher dubbed neighbour from hell

PUBLISHED: 13:05 10 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:10 03 March 2010

A FORMER Suffolk schoolteacher who displayed explicit photos of his ex-wife was today dubbed the neighbour from hell after a court issued him with a community service order.

A FORMER Suffolk schoolteacher who displayed explicit photos of his ex-wife was today dubbed the neighbour from hell after a court issued him with a community service order.

Doreen Anthony has lived two doors away from retired Westbourne High School teacher John Troupe for the past 33 years in East Bergholt.

She said: "I have seen him go up and down the road at 2.30am in the morning having a good look round."

The 63-year-old took videos of Troupe's latest movements.

"I got a photo of the banner he displayed outside his home referring to his ex-wife. It had lots of names of men on it. It alleged his ex-wife slept with all of them.

"He was screaming and shouting. One of the men ripped it down and said "You are sick'.

Troupe, of Notcutts, East Bergholt, who previously taught design and technology, was ordered to carry out 60 hours community service and was also placed under a restraining order preventing him from having any contact with his ex-wife Maureen.

Yesterday, South East Suffolk Magistrates heard that he waved a Polaroid photograph of a "private" nature of his ex-wife outside the home of Sarah Titchmarsh, Mrs Troupe's daughter from a previous marriage.

On another occasion he displayed a banner at a barbecue held by Mrs Titchmarsh alleging impropriety of his ex-wife finishing the notice with "good riddance."

Troupe admitted a charge of harassment against Mrs Troupe, and two further charges of harassment, one against Michael Burrows, Mrs Troupe's brother-in-law, and a separate charge against Michael Bugg, Mrs Troupe's previous ex-husband.

The court heard how Mrs Troupe had decided to visit her daughter, who lived in the same cul-de-sac as her mother's former husband, on May 5 last year.

Robert Sadd, prosecuting, told the court the pair could see in the first floor window of Troupe's property a red tray with words written on it.

"We say that it was meant as an allegation of impropriety in a demeaning manner and was meant to upset," said Mr Sadd.

The prosecutor added that on another occasion in July when Mrs Troupe had gone to visit her daughter Troupe had displayed "private pictures that should have been left as exactly that".

Mr Sadd said: "It's plain this defendant feels ill will towards his wife and that ill will has manifested itself into inappropriate, ungentlemanly actions amounting to these criminal offences."

Stephen Colman, defending, said Troupe's actions had been in the aftermath of a divorce and that it had been a difficult time for him.

"There was a lot of tension building up. There were a lot of unresolved issues and unfortunately he decided to air these issues in public.

"He was under a great deal of pressure and he was off sick for a number of months," he added.

Troupe will be placed under a restraining order which will stay in place unless he successfully applies for it to be removed.

He is also charged with intimidation of witness and is due to appear in court again on February 6.

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