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Neighbour from HELL facing jail; 'unpleasant' woman living in PS1m house breached order.

Byline: ANDY RICHARDSON News Reporter andy.richardson@reachplc.com

A NEIGHBOUR from hell living in a PS1 million house in one of Birmingham's best streets is facing jail for breaching a restraining order.

Julie Rankine was originally handed a 22-week prison sentence in 2017 for attacking three neighbours in Streetly Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield.

She had been poking and prodding them with her walking stick - and also waved an axe around her head, threatening violence.

She was convicted of three assaults and one charge of using threatening words and behaviour, and was also made the subject of a restraining order.

But her prison term was suspended within hours after she suffered a stroke.

This week, at Birmingham Crown Court, however, Rankine turned up in a motorised wheelchair to deny breaching the order.

She was found guilty by a majority verdict of ten jurors to two, and Judge Kristina Montgomery QC adjourned the case for sentencing until July 4. The Judge asked for a pre-sentence report and asked Rankine to produce medical evidence proving her disabilities.

She told her: "You have been convicted by the jury of the offence. I need to find out more about your current circumstances so I will adjourn the case until July 4 for sentencing.

"There is a very real possibility you will be going back to custody for this breach."

Originally sentencing Rankine back in March 2017, District Judge Ian Strongman told her: "You are an unpleasant woman who has caused your neighbours' life to be hell and this is your comeuppance."

You are an woman who your neighbours' be hell and comeuppance.

Judge." He granted the restraining order against Rankine, which had 14 conditions, to run indefinitely.The charges at her 2017 trial related to Rankine's behaviour towards her immediate neighbours.

On three occasions in March, June and August of 2016 she poked at her neighbours through their adjoining fences with her walking stick, causing them injuries.

On the fourth occasion in the August she threatened one of the neighbours with an axe during a row over fence panels.

unpleasant has caused life to this is your The court heard those incidents were "just the tip of an iceberg" of a nine-year campaign of harassment Rankine, 54, had waged against her neighbours. Other incidents included sitting on her roof watching her neighbours in their gardens, playing loud music, dumping her rubbish in their gardens and holding parties in her outdoor swimming pool which went on until 4am.

He said one of their neighbours had to spend PS4,000 building a gazebo just so they could sit in their garden in privacy.

The court had heard how Rankine, a divorced woman with two children, had ran a small business designing tea-related pottery and utensils from the house, which she got in her divorce settlement but which still had a mortgage on it.

Maurice Andrews, who defended Rankine at her 2017 trial had told the court: "My client lives in a large house in a very salubrious area and is of good character with no previous convictions."

You are an unpleasant woman who has caused your neighbours' life to be hell and this is your comeuppance. Judge

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