Pensioner, 80, breaches ASBO by ‘driving his car at his neighbour’s pregnant sheep’

July 9, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Richard Dawe

Richard Dawe

An 80-year-old pensioner breached an ASBO by driving onto his neighbour’s land before chasing her pregnant SHEEP around the field in his car, a court heard.

Richard Dawe is accused of breaching a restraining order banning him from being anti-social by attacking the livestock belonging to next-door neighbour Barbara Wilkes.

A court heard the enraged OAP drove his Vauxhall Astra at speed towards the terrified herd of sheep as they scattered in a panic following an ongoing dispute between the pair.

One of the expecting ewe’s died following the incident, which took place in March last year in the pretty village of Castlemorton Common, Worcs..

On Tuesday Dawe denied breaching an ASBO and went on trial at Worcester Crown Court.

Prosecutor Roger Brown said Dawe had first breached the ASBO, imposed in 2005, on November 21 last year when Mrs Wilkes spotted him damaging her son’s car.

Giving evidence Mrs Wilkes told the court there had been a dispute between them over land and she was left so scared she carried a recording device every time she left the house.

The jury heard a recording Mrs Wilkes, 57, made on January 14 where she recorded Dawe shouting and swearing at her as she fed her animals.

She told the court: “I found it quite alarming and unpleasant.

“I expect something to happen every time and I carry a recording device whenever I go outside.”

They were also played a second recording from March 18 this year when her sheep strayed from common land into a field.

Dawe said he would get them out but was later spotted driving his car behind them as his dogs ran loose.

Under cross examination from Lee Masters, defending, she admitted she could not be sure if the dead sheep was one of the ones chased.

The trial continues.

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