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Lady of the Manor aimed gun at bailiffs.

A "Lady of the Manor" was jailed for nine months yesterday for threatening two bailiffs with a loaded shotgun.

Yvonne Amor (53) pointed the .410 double-barrelled gun at bailiffs Mr Simon Nutt and Mrs Jayne Thompson, Truro Crown Court in Cornwall heard at an earlier trial.

They had called at Wetherham Manor, near Bodmin, to seize goods to the value of pounds 433 in court fines owed by her husband Mr Richard Amor, aged 68.

She brandished the shotgun at the bailiffs in the hallway and called police, threatening to "get violent", the court heard. Asked if she had called Mrs Thompson a "whore and prostitute", she replied: "I'm sure I was extremely offensive". Mrs Thompson told the court: "I thought I was going to be shot ... I was scared for my life".

When Amor was handcuffed, her daughter Sophia, aged 20, was said to have waved a hockey stick at police officers. Her other daughter Charlotte, aged 15, was said to have tackled a police inspector to try to free her mother. Amor, who had said she did not know the gun was loaded and had kept it broken, was convicted on two charges of threatening the bailiffs with intent to cause them to believe unlawful violence would be used against them.

She was acquitted on a charge of assaulting Mrs Thompson.

In mitigation, Mr Nicholas O'Brien said she was a woman of previous good character and was looking after a husband who was seriously ill with diabetes. After giving evidence during the trial, Mr Amor, suffered a heart attack and had to be flown to hospital.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 17, 1999
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