Following an initial disagreement regarding the parking situation in their Huddersfield cul-de-sac, a man sprayed water directly into his neighbour’s open-top Audi.
Kirklees Magistrates’ Court saw from CCTV footage how Jeremy Hoyle, a company director, was washing his son’s car when he suddenly sprayed water into Christopher O’Brien’s Audi A4 cabriolet.
The action damaged the Audi’s internal electrics and left Mr O’Brien, a business owner, with a bill in excess of £1,000 to cover the necessary repair work.
The relationship between the two neighbours was reported to have started well, but it deteriorated when Mr Hoyle received what he deemed to be an unsatisfactory email response from Mr O’Brien (who was also the head of Neighbourhood Watch in the area) regarding a van parked on their street.
Mr O’Brien spoke to police about the van but it was not breaking any laws by being parked in the vicinity, so he emailed Mr Hoyle to pass on the information.
Mr Hoyle then wrote a letter, which he posted to Mr O’Brien as well as a number of their mutual neighbours, describing Mr O’Brien’s email as “disgusting and unsavoury” while also accusing him of being threatening and bullying.
Bob Campbell, prosecuting, said of Mr Hoyle that he: “seemed to be obsessed with the complainant and has lost all proportion and acted maliciously towards him”.
Mr Hoyle was found guilty of one charge of harassment without violence and two counts of criminal damage, despite denying that the act was intentional.