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No cut in rhubarb woman's ASBO.

A woman who attacked her brother with sticks of rhubarb has failed to get a cut in a six-year ASBO she received for terrorising fellow villagers.

Margaret Porter, 51, appeared at Teesside Crown Court yesterday to appeal against the length of the Anti-Social Behaviour Order imposed by Northallerton Magistrates in March.

Porter, of Newbiggin in North Yorkshire, was convicted of common assault after she threw three sticks of rhubarb at her brother William.

The court heard one hit the 72-year-old farmer in the eye and he suffered double vision and needed pain killers as a result.

The Northallerton court also imposed a six-year ASBO following numerous accounts of Porter's aggressive and insulting behaviour.

Yesterday, Harvey Murray, representing the Crown, spoke of the incidents which had caused the ASBO, including Porter accusing a local farmer of being a "cat killer", shouting abuse at her daughter-in-law and plaguing a village policeman and his wife with late night phone calls.

Mr Murray added: "The feeling in the community is one of both fear and frustration. They fear that Margaret is out of control and that she needs help."

Mr Murray said Porter berated other villagers for having a fire on a Sunday and falsely accused dry-stone wallers of stealing her stones.

Conditions in the ASBO prohibit her from assaulting or threatening people, acting in an anti-social manner and entering her son's and daughter-in-law's property.

Mr Murray said that Porter had an untreatable paranoid personality disorder.

Jim Withyman, representing Porter, said the length of the ASBO, which will expire in 2011, was simply too long. But Recorder Tim Hirst disagreed and the appeal failed.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 14, 2005
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