Ex-Tottenham manager Peter Shreeves’s daughter who threw bricks and cement over her neighbours’ fence LOSES bid to quash conviction as judge ridicules her claim that CCTV of her was doctored
- Joanne Shreeves found guilty of common assault and causing criminal damage
- She was also convicted of one count of threatening behaviour in east London
The daughter of former Tottenham manager Peter Shreeves who threw bricks and cement over her neighbours’ fence has today lost her bid to quash her conviction – as a judge ridiculed her claim that CCTV footage of the offences was doctored.
Joanne Shreeves, 52, was today found guilty of common assault, causing criminal damage and one count of threatening behaviour in a retrial following a conviction last May.
Stratford Magistrates’ Court was shown clips of Shreeves throwing bricks, boulders, part of a kitchen cabinet and a shovel-full of cement from her luxury property in Chingford, east London, causing £5,000 worth of damage.
Shreeves had failed to attend the first trial due to illness but had always claimed CCTV footage of her spitting and swearing had been doctored by her neighbours in The Ridgeway.
She was then granted a retrial by District Judge William Nelson in August after she successfully applied to reopen the case.
Joanne Shreeves, 52, was today found guilty of common assault, causing criminal damage and one count of threatening behaviour in a retrial following a conviction last May
But as she was convicted today, the judge ridiculed her claim that the footage, shot by her long-suffering neighbours, Sandra Durdin and Trevor Dempsey, had been tampered with.
‘To suggest that the CCTV footage has been doctored in any way beggers belief,’ he said.
‘What is seen on that footage is a true representation. They used to live next door to each other and now they have taken up three days of court time.
‘There is clearly an undisguised animosity between all the parties in this case.’
Referring to the incident where Shreeves spits at Ms Durdin’s son, Mitchell, Judge Nelson said: ‘In none of the CCTV could I actually see waterdrops, but what I did hear was the sound of a spit.’
Earlier today, the defendant and her mother, Carol Shreeves, claimed they suffered abuse and damage from Mr Dempsey, 62, and 58-year-old Ms Durdin.
Wearing a black top, black trousers and a gold necklace Mrs Shreeves said at 8am on 24 October, 2020 she saw Mr Dempsey staring into the window.
‘He was putting something on the fence,’ she said and explained this was a trellis.
‘I was visibly shaken and I pulled the blind down,’ she said.
Mrs Shreeves said she went out to get her hair done and came back around twelve in the afternoon.
‘As soon as I came back they started again. Bang bang bang. It made the most horrendous noise.’
Mrs Shreeves said she went out again in the afternoon, adding: ‘My daughter said don’t go out without a camera. When I went outside, I saw all this wet cement under the fence.’
The court was shown a video of the incident taken on Mrs Shreeves’ phone.
In it she says to Mr Dempsey: ‘I don’t want to call the police. Do you think it’s funny? I have asked nicely.’
The judge ridiculed Shreeves’ claim that the footage, shot by her long-suffering neighbours, Sandra Durdin and Trevor Dempsey, had been tampered with
Stratford Magistrates’ Court was shown clips of Shreeves throwing bricks, boulders, part of a kitchen cabinet and a shovel-full of cement from her luxury property in Chingford, east London, causing £5,000 worth of damage
Mrs Shreeves said she called the police but that they didn’t come because there were a lot of stabbings in the borough.
She added: ‘I heard the most horrendous crashing noise outside. I went outside to see what the noise was. I was a bit scared.
‘I heard Trevor shouting. I heard him say: ‘I’ve had enough of her. I want it sorted out and I want it sorted out now.’.
Mrs Shreeves claims that her daughter was not in the house at this time.
‘I assumed he was on the phone to the police,’ she said.
‘Did you give anyone permission to put anything on your fence?’ asked defence solicitor Charlie Charles.
‘None whatsoever,’ she replied.
The court was shown CCTV footage of Shreeves throwing a spade of cement over her fence and hitting or nearly hitting a man.
When her mother was shown the footage, prosecutor Elizabeth Ajayi said: ‘I can see from your reaction that you are shocked. Can you confirm that at whatever time this happened you did not see this?’
She replied: ‘I wasn’t aware of anything like that going on.’
Referring to the incident on October 24, the judge said: ‘I am satisfied the defendant threw a large number of objects over the fence.
‘It might be that Carol Shreeves cannot accept the behaviour of her daughter.’
Joanne Shreeves is the daughter of former Tottenham Hotspur boss Peter Shreeves – who owns the house
The warring neighbours lived at these two properties in prosperous Chingford, east London
At this point Mrs Shreeves said something in the dock which the judge thought was ‘be careful’.
He said: ‘I hope that wasn’t a threat. You said ”be careful.”
‘I said ‘oh,’ replied Shreeves.
The judge added: ‘During the course of these proceedings you have been disruptive and said things to witnesses while they are giving evidence,’ the judge added.
Shreeves was cleared of two further counts of threatening behaviour on June 27, 2021.
She was bailed ahead of sentence on March 2.
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