Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Murder Trial Told of 'Angry Notes'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Murder Trial Told of 'Angry Notes'

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Byline: Malcolm Pickering

A man accused of killing one of his next-door neighbours sent angry notes to the other, a Teesside murder trial jury has been told.

Christopher Hoyland, 42, of St Barnabas Road, Middlesbrough, who denies murdering electrician George Evans, pushed notes complaining about noise through Roberta Donaghy's door, she told the court.

Giving evidence in Hoyland's trial at Teesside Crown Court, she showed the jury photocopies of the notes which said "For God's sake can't you shut doors with patience" and "If I hear you slam that door one more time I'll take it off its hinges".

Ms Donaghy told the court that she confronted Hoyland about the notes on his own doorstep, telling him that if he sent any more she would call the police and accuse him of harassment.

She said he replied by saying "banging, noise and neighbours".

She told the jury: "I have never been aware of slamming my front door. He said I should have some respect for my neighbours. …

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