Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Years of Abuse for Couple

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Years of Abuse for Couple

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Byline: Mike Morgan

A Teesside financial services expert subjected a couple to an eight-year torment of obscene gestures and verbal abuse, a court heard.

Raymond Melling subjected his neighbours Peter and Jane Smithson to a torrent of vile gestures and foul language on a regular basis.

This was despite the fact the 52-year-old had been bound over by a previous court for three years in the sum of pounds 1,000 to stop this conduct.

But the Smithsons told the bench he began making the gestures again as soon as he got home from court. After police caught Melling on CCTV, he admitted what he had done.

Yesterday Melling, of Moorlands Park, Castleton, pleaded guilty to, between September 20 last year and January 25 this year, at Castleton, harassing the Smithsons by making gestures and verbal comments.

The bench at Scarborough Magistrates warned him he could be facing a custodial sentence.

Catherine Turnbull, prosecuting, said that on September 20 at 7. …

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