Tuinier, 57, who repeatedly punched her neighbour’s girlfriend in the face and called her ‘fat cow’ after she objected to her display of PLANT POTS outside her £400,000 bungalow is found guilty of assault
An enraged amateur gardener has been found guilty of assault after she attacked her neighbour’s girlfriend for objecting to her display of plant containers.
Angela Williams, 57, launched a furious attack when she overheard a remark made by Jasmina Vidovic about the large plant pots on the drive of her £400,000 bungalow home in Christchurch, Dorset.
The seemingly innocuous garden decorations landed green-fingered Williams in hot water at court after she was told she must pay hundreds of pounds in fines and compensation for assaulting Ms Vidovic.
Her neighbour Peter Adams, a 62-year-old university lecturer, had previously complained to Williams about the pots obstructing his 2ft wide path to the side of his bungalow next door.
He had posted a note through Williams’ door asking her to move the pots, only for it to be screwed up and shoved back through his letterbox.
But tempers would boil over and in a later ugly spat, Williams called Ms Vidovic a ‘fat cow’ before punching her four times in the face – leaving her with bruising and a headache.
Williams was fined £180 and ordered to pay Ms Vidovic £100 in compensation at Poole Magistrates’ Hof, but shocked the justices in attendance by shouting from the dock: ‘She is not getting a penny from me!’
Angela Williams, 57, (op die foto) launched a furious attack when she overheard a remark made by Jasmina Vidovic on the drive of her £400,000 bungalow home in Christchurch, Dorset
Pictured are the large plant pots that were on Williams’ ry. The seemingly innocuous decorations caused an ugly spat that landed the amateur gardener in hot water at court
Op Mei 14, 2020, Peter Adams returned to his home in a suburban cul-de-sac in Mudeford in Dorset, with Ms Vidovic when she made a comment about the pots.
A court heard Williams was pottering in her front garden at the time and was hidden from view by a trellis.
When she heard the remark she stormed over to Ms Vidovic, called her a ‘fat cow’ and said to Mr Adams ‘can’t you do better than that, Peter?’ while referring to his ‘lady friend’.
Ms Vidovic, who is originally from Bosnia and aged in her 40s, took that to be a racial slur.
Williams then repeatedly punched a shocked Ms Vidovic, who was holding two carrier bags of tomato plants at the time. The care worker was left with bruising to the face and a headache.
The following day Williams posted a note through her neighbour’s door, apologising for her ‘unladylike behaviour.’
She was arrested for assault and claimed to police she had only slapped Ms Vidovic in self-defence.
But she was found guilty of assault following a trial at Poole Magistrates’ Court and was ordered to pay her victim £100 compensation.
The seemingly unrepentant defendant shouted from the dock of the court: ‘She is not getting a penny from me.’
Williams was warned she could go to prison if she did not pay.
Williams then repeatedly punched a shocked Ms Vidovic, who was holding two carrier bags of tomato plants outside her £400,000 home (hierbo afgebeeld, reg) op daardie stadium
After the ordeal, University lecturer Peter Adams, 62, (hierbo) said the stress of the case had caused him and Ms Vidovic to split up. He has also sold his home because of it
Afterwards Mr Adams said the stress of the case had caused him and Ms Vidovic to split up. He has also sold his home because of it.
Magistrates heard that Williams had lived in the detached bungalow in Mountbatten Close, Mudeford, for about 14 jare.
She had alway kept the five plant pots filled with roses, azaleas and hebes close to the side wall of the neighbouring property.
But in the months leading up to the attack there had been an ongoing dispute over them blocking Mr Adams’ route to his back garden.
A few weeks before Williams told a friend she would ‘knock her block off’ when referring to Ms Vidovic who had complained about them.
Mr Adams said when they returned home on the day in question Ms Vidovic noticed the path was still blocked.
Hy het gesê: ‘I couldn’t walk down my path because of the pots, they blocked my route. I was angry about the pots.
‘I had written a note to Angela asking politely for them to be removed and the note was screwed up and put through my door.
‘Sy (Ms Vidovic) noticed there were many pots against my property and commented to me this was a hazard.
‘I was aware in the background of Angela in her front garden about 20ft away.
‘Angela said it was “none of your business “in quite a loud and aggressive tone.
‘She walked up and called her names. Sy het gese “you fat cow” en “can’t you do better that that, Peter?”
‘Angela referred to a party a few weeks before where she told my friends “I would knock her block off.”
Magistrates were shown the card that Williams posted through her neighbours’ door in the aftermath if the attack.
Williams (op die foto) was fined £180 and ordered to pay Ms Vidovic £100 in compensation at Poole Magistrates’ Hof, but shocked the justices in attendance by shouting from the dock: ‘She is not getting a penny from me!’
Dit lees: ‘Peter, I apologise for my unladylike behaviour. Angie. x’
Ms Vidovic admitted making a remark about the plant pots.
Sy het gese: ‘The plant pots were down the side of the wall of the house on the path. I was aware Peter was very annoyed that he couldn’t use the path anymore to get to the back garden. The pots were clearly on his side.
‘I wasn’t upset. I found it funny the pots were still there after so many times he said he didn’t want them there.
‘Why would I want to sort out something that was none of my business?
‘Ek was verpletter. It went from being a very nice day into a disaster where I was beaten up and humiliated.’
Williams claimed that the well-tended plant pots had never been a problem and that she would have moved them if asked.
She told police that Ms Vidovic started ‘mouthing off’ about the pots and pointed her finger in her face.
Sy het bygevoeg: ‘I felt threatened by her and in a pre-emptive strike slapped her once to her face with my right hand with the force that I felt was reasonable in the circumstances.’
The magistrates rejected her version of events and found her guilty.
Williams was fined £180 and told to pay £100 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.