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Police Officer Cleared Of Harassment After Throwing Cat Faeces Into Neighbour's Garden
Thursday 10 January 2019
Police officer cleared of harassment after throwing cat faeces into neighbour's garden
A DARLINGTON police officer accused of throwing cat faeces, chilli powder and grapes into her neighbour’s garden and posting letters through her door claiming she was faking her disability, has been found not guilty of harassment over a six year period.
Mishbha Yakub, 51, a Durham Constabulary officer, who is currently off work because of illness, denied harassing a neighbour between 2012 and 2018 by sending her numerous ‘abusive’ notes, revving a car aggressively, and sending aggressive letters via recorded delivery.
She appeared for trial before magistrates in Teesside yesterday.
During the hearing, her solicitor Simon Walker told magistrates that a conviction could 'end' his clients career with the police.
He said: "This is a case that should never have been brought to court, if she was not a serving police officer this would not have been happening.
"The claims that the campaign was due to the neighbour's disability are ridiculous, repugnant and strenuously denied."
Ms Yakub, from Stockton, did not deny throwing the cat excrement into her neighbour’s garden but defended her actions as she feared the faeces could aggravate her daughter’s medical condition.
The row centred on Ms Yakub’s belief that the neighbour’s cats were using her vegetable patch as a toilet.
The defendant denied putting grapes or chilli powder, which can be poisonous to cats, over her neighbour’s fence.
The alleged victim, who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, said she was ‘scared’ of her neighbour and following numerous letters through her postbox, and some left on her garden gate, she locked up her letterbox to prevent any further correspondence.
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