Pensioner 'breached restraining order'

A LITTLE old lady has gone on trial today accused of breaching a restraining order just days after it was imposed.Five foot tall pensioner Jennifer Goodchild, 67, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court to face eight charges of acting in breach of a restraining order on dates between October 17 and November 8 last year.

A LITTLE old lady has gone on trial today accused of breaching a restraining order just days after it was imposed.

Five foot tall pensioner Jennifer Goodchild, 67, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court to face eight charges of acting in breach of a restraining order on dates between October 17 and November 8 last year.

Mrs Goodchild has denied the charges.

The court heard the order was put in force on October 14, 2003 by Haverhill and Sudbury Magistrates prohibiting Mrs Goodchild from obstructing a shared driveway with next door neighbours Mandy and Stephen Starling, in Aldis Avenue. Mrs Goodchild is accused of placing a large metal drum on the driveway.


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Opening the trial, prosecution lawyer Anthony Bate told the jury of seven women and five men that there was a long history of dispute between the neighbours.

Mr Bate said: "Unhappily both Mrs Goodchild and the Starlings have found it necessary to install CCTV cameras to cover this driveway."

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The court was shown videos of the CCTV cameras showing Mrs Goodchild moving an oil drum into the disputed driveway.

Defence barrister Matthew McNiff, cross examining Mandy Starling, asked if her husband had ever shown violence towards Mrs Goodchild.

Mrs Starling said: "He is not a violent man.

"I have seen a video before of him throwing a bin at Mrs Goodchild. This case has gone on for so long, if you had to live with someone like that it does get you down."

The trial is expected to last a day and a half.

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