Mum cleared of criminal damage after chipping plate balanced on fence

Mum cleared of criminal damage after chipping plate balanced on fence

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A MUM hauled to court in a row over a garden fence has been cleared.

Amanda Ross, 48, fell out with her neighbour after he complained her son was kicking a ball against it.

Amanda with 11-year-old son Teihlen
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Amanda with son Teihlen[/caption]

Roy Lewis-Hatton balanced two plates on the fence to deter 11-year-old Teihlen.

But when Amanda tried to kick the ball away she stumbled, slightly damaging the fence and chipping a plate.

Cops charged the mum-of-three, of Long Eaton, Derbys, with criminal damage.

But on Friday a judge threw out the case, ruling it fell far short of criminality.

Amanda said: “Everyone could see it wasn’t criminal damage — it was an accident. I was treated like a criminal. The attitude of the police has been disgusting.

“This whole nightmare has terrified my children.

“The whole thing has been a huge waste of taxpayer’s money. The police should be ashamed.

“They won’t investigate proper crimes but they charge a mum for falling against a fence? It’s complete madness.”

Derbyshire JPs were told Amanda’s bid to kick the ball “was a deliberate attempt to cause criminal damage to the property of Mr Lewis-Hatton”.

District judge Andrew Meachin ruled: “The standard of criminal damage is a high one. I have not been able to reach that standard.”

Neighbour Roy Lewis-Hatton
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Neighbour Roy[/caption]

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