Woman says neighbours wanted to get her evicted

Campbeltown Sheriff Court.

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A Campbeltown woman told the town’s sheriff court that her neighbours had been trying to get her evicted.

Vicky Louise Gamble, aged 26, of Longrow South, was on trial last week; she denied acting in a threatening or abusive manner towards a 65-year-old-man by shouting and making abusive remarks on two consecutive days.

A couple who had lived in the flat below her in Mafeking Place, gave evidence about incidents that they say happened on June 6 and 7 in 2019.

On the 6th they both said in their evidence that she had kicked their front door and made an obscene accusation about the husband.

When questioned in court about incidents on the following day, both had difficulty remembering.

The husband added: ‘She [Gamble] signed herself into hospital after.’

He said also that he had not known Gamble before she moved into the flat above.

Stephen MacSporran, defence agent for Gamble, asked them both why they had put a lock on the close door and on occasions put a bin behind the close door.

‘Isn’t it the case that you don’t want anyone in the flat above you?’ Mr MacSporran asked the wife. ‘Is this you making things up so no one would be living above you?’

A police officer who gave evidence said that when cautioned and charged Gamble told her: ‘I wasn’t at the house at the time,’ and added that the couple were doing this ‘because they want me out of the house’.

She said she had returned on occasion and was unable to get in as the couple had added a lock to the door of the common close; it was blocked with a wheelie bin on another occasion.

Giving evidence in court, Gamble said: ‘I wasn’t in on both occasions. I don’t have any recall because I was at my sister’s.’

She added: ‘These things never happened.’

The manager of the block of flats said in her evidence that she had to ask the husband to remove a lock he added to the close door.

She said she had received complaints from the couple about not only Gamble but also workmen who had rented flats there.

On one occasion she had been in Gamble’s flat and the wife started to bang the ceiling below.

‘I told them “you can’t be doing this”.’

The manager added that for a period of time the couple had been the only tenants in the block.

‘They had the close to themselves for so long and all of a sudden Vicky moved in and we had workmen down from Aberdeen living there and they didn’t like that,’ she said.

She also said that the couple would send her text messages complaining about the noise.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes said the couple had been the more credible witnesses and found Gamble guilty of the offence on June 6 and said the charge of June 7 was not proven.

He fined Gamble £150 with a £10 victim surcharge.

Neither party now lives in Mafeking Place.