Nazi salute Marylebone woman loses ASBO appeal
A MILLIONAIRE ‘neighbour from hell’ who terrorised fellow Marylebone residents has lost her appeal to overturn an ASBO given to her last year.
Property developer Patricia Bailey, 61, tormented neighbours in Great Titchfield Street, dousing one with bleach and Nazi saluting another.
On Wednesday, Southwark Crown Court heard how she would listen at their doors, peer through their windows, subject them to torrents of verbal abuse and on one occasion burst in on a sleeping couple.
Losing her appeal against the ‘nationwide’ ASBO, Ms Bailey claimed she was the victim of harassment and not the aggressor as alleged by at least ten of her former neighbours.
Judge Jeremy Donne QC and two magistrates upheld the order but amended it to apply only to ‘London postal districts’ and last for ten years as opposed to ‘without limit of time’.
He said: “We have no hesitation in accepting the evidence of the residents on the surrounding flats on the fifth floor.
“In our view Ms Bailey is a witness who lacked credibility, a woman who had great difficulty - as evidenced by witnesses - in living in peaceful harmony with her neighbours.
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“We have no doubt at all that her behaviour amounted to anti-social behaviour.”
The court heard Ali Yousefian and his wife Deborah lived in the flat above Ms Bailey from 1988 to the early 1990s.
The couple revealed how Ms Bailey regularly called them names, alleged they assaulted them and even threw bleach over them after reading about the trial against her last year.
Mr Yousefian wept as he recalled how the bucket of bleach left his eyes burning and discoloured his clothes.
Dr Daniel Kellett, who lived two doors down from Ms Bailey, kept a diary of incidents and was left “afraid and agitated” by her behaviour.
In September 2006 he looked through the peephole in his front door to find her pressing her ear to his front door.
A few days later Ms Bailey, who found out Dr Kellett’s mum was German, stood at his front door giving him a Nazi salute.
“I opened the door - I got heil Hitler,” he said. “It was quite horrible.
“She said: ‘I know about your mother’.”
Ms Bailey claimed she had been “harassed and harangued” by their neighbours over the years and had to leave for fear of being attacked.
She is now banned from contacting nine of her former neighbours for ten years.