Ipswich woman assaulted neighbour and damaged her flower pots, trees and flowers

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A woman has admitted assaulting her neighbour and damaging her plastic flower pots in a dispute over borrowed items.

Marie O’Connor, of Barnard Square, Ipswich, pleaded guilty at the town’s magistrates’ court to criminal damage and assault on Karen Cummings on August 16.

The 35-year-old damaged to two flower pots, two small trees and flowers worth a total of £100.

Prosecutor Tess Mann said Miss Cummings had been pushed and shoved.

The court was told O’Connor originally accepted a conditional caution as long as she paid compensation to Miss Cummings for the criminal damage. However, the money was not paid.

Mark Thompson, representing O’Connor, said there had been problems between the two women for up to two weeks.

The pair had fallen out after Miss Cummings was said to have borrowed items from O’Connor, who then became unhappy about it and the women fell out.

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When O’Connor tried to get the items back a dispute broke out and she became angry with Miss Cummings.

District Judge Roy Brown gave O’Connor a 12-month conditional discharge.