Couple tries to have neighbour committed to expand backyard

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, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

A British couple has been ordered to pay over $600,000 after they terrorized their elderly neighbour for five years and tried to have her committed so they could expand their backyard onto her property.

The London Evening Standard reports Peter and Kim Bayliss launched a campaign against Sarah Saxon, 69, after the deaf retired church warden won a court battle preventing them from expanding their garden 12 inches onto her property.

It began with a "campaign of harassment" and "physical assault," including one instance when Saxon suffered whiplash after being "violently grabbed and shaken by her neighbour," Judge Nigel Gerald said while handing down his verdict.

Then they resorted to "visceral vilification" by attempting to make officials believe Saxon was mentally unstable.

They wrote letters to the local adult social services team claiming Saxon had attacked them and "could not be safely let out on her own, due to her rapidly deteriorating mental health condition."

The campaign aimed at increasing their property value backfired, though, because the judge fined the pair $603,127, which is more than the value of their home.


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