Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Farty neighbour jailed
Evil neighbour, Brian Pemberton was jailed for tormenting his neighbour with a Fart machine for almost 2 years.
Pemberton, 59, set off the £12.99 joke shop device to blow a raspberry or make a vomiting or a burping noise every time Kathryn McKay went out.
It was part of a campaign of harassment he launched after taking an irrational dislike to her. The ex-fireman also taped notices to his house and caravan urging her to “Try WeightWatchers” and mooned at her from a window. He hosed her Bonfire Night fireworks and also sprayed weedkiller on her plants.
To cap it all, he set up a security system to alert him when she went out, setting off the battery-operated farting machine by remote.
Fed-up Kathryn, 51, finally called the police and the father-of-two Pemberton, of Baildon, West Yorks, was arrested.
He was jailed for five months after being convicted of harassment at Bradford magistrates’ court.
District Judge David Thomas told him: “You are obsessive, combative and controlling.”
Giles Bridge, defending, said Pemberton — released pending appeal — took a dislike to Kathryn and was “not able to help himself”.
Pemberton was moving home to avoid the risk of a repeat, he said. Kathryn, who has a daughter, 13, said: “It was mental GBH, day after day.”