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Weymouth couple fined after threatening former neighbour
A WEYMOUTH couple have been fined after they admitted threatening their former neighbour who was a witness in a court case.
Kellie Cutler, 35, and Lee Cook, 32, both of Douglas Road, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour towards Bryony Peters.
Cutler admitted two counts of the offence, the first in July, 2011 and the second in November, 2011.
Cook admitted one count, which also took place in November, 2011.
Prosecutor Lucia Martin-Whittle told Dorchester Crown Court that Cook had threatened Mrs Peters and said ‘it’s not long now’, referring to the case in which she was a witness.
Speaking for Cutler, Leslie Smith said: “The defendant is pregnant, and committed to ensuring there is no repeat of this.
“She is thoroughly ashamed that she has had to appear in court.”
In mitigation for Cook, Timothy Bradbury added: “This amounts to unpleasant words being spoken against a back record of friction between neighbours.
“Events have now very much moved on and he has not been in any trouble since his release from a prison sentence in July this year.”
Judge Roger Jarvis made the pair subject to a restraining order, preventing them from contacting Mrs Peters for two years.
He also fined Cutler £75 for each of the two counts she admitted, and fined Cook £100.
He said: “You have to remember just how your behaviour impacts upon young children.
“You need to make sure you persuade the child you are expecting out of repeating the mistakes each of you has made in the past.”
He added: “This fine may seem modest in the eyes of those who may learn about what has happened but as far as your family is concerned it will be a reasonably significant amount of money.”