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Man attacks car in row with his neighbour
A BITTER neighbour dispute came to a head when a man bashed up a car with a rounders bat, a court heard.
Gareth Kadlec flew into a rage after his daughter was hit on the leg by a deck chair pole while she bounced on a trampoline in the back garden of their Colchester home.
Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard the stick had been flung over the fence by Kadlec’s next door neighbours and it was not the first time objects had been thrown.
Barry Hargreaves, prosecuting, said: “Mr Kadlec caused damage to a vehicle of his neighbour using a rounders bat.
“This happened because he accused the neighbour of throwing a stick over the garden fence, which cut his 12-year-old daughter on the leg.
“He goes next door with a rounders bat and struck the vehicle. It caused a cap to come loose and broke a clip and he hit the bat on the door, forcing the victim to come outside.”
Kadlec was then joined by his neice, Sophie Myles, who shouted racist abuse at the victim, the court heard.
Police were called and Myles, aged 17 at the time of the row on July 22, was arrested.
Mr Hargreaves said by now a small crowd had gathered outside Kadlec’s Foresight Road home to watch was happening.
He added: “Mr Kadlec shouted “Come on then, I’ll kill you.”
He was then arrested and in court admitted a charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, likely to cause harassment or alarm.
Myles, 18, of Speedwell Road, Colchester, pleaded guilty to the same charge.
Kadlec, 34, also admitted criminal damage to the vehicle, a Renault Megane when she too appeared in court yesterday.
Matthew Swash, mitigating, said Kadlec’s family had encountered previous incidents in which the neighbours had thrown objects over the garden fence before, including a rock on one occasion.
He added: “He literally went to wind them up because they upset him.
“He wonders why they wouldn’t arrest his neighbour.”
The value of damage to the car was not heard in court.
Kadlec was fined £75, had to pay £50 costs and a £20 surcharge.
Myles was fined £90, £20 costs and a £20 surcharge.
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