Racist neighbour, 70, gets three restraining orders after hanging vile signs on a woman’s washing line telling her to ‘die’ and throwing hammers at another man’s window
- Frank Garnett, 70, of Hull, threatened to burn a woman’s flat with her inside
- He carried out a three-month campaign of ‘terror’ against three neighbours
- Handed orders after conviction for racial aggravation and harassment charges
- Victim says: ‘I’ve been living with one eye out the window checking where he is’
A neighbour from hell hanged vile signs on a white woman’s washing line telling her to ‘die, you n*****’ and threw hammers at another man’s window.
Frank Garnett, 70, of Hull, East Yorkshire, threatened to burn a third victim’s flat with her inside and smashed his own window while shouting abuse at her.
He has now been handed three restraining orders after admitting racial aggravation and harassment following three months of ‘terror’ for neighbours.
Frank Garnett, 70, of Hull, East Yorkshire, has been handed three restraining orders following his campaign of harassment. He is pictured outside a property on his home street in the city
Among his victims was Neil Howling, who moved from Bridlington five years ago, and said Garnett was even intimidating him at Hull Magistrates’ Court this week.
Garnett, who smashed one of Mr Howling’s windows while on bail, was ordered to pay him £200 towards the repairs – but was ‘staring’ at his victim in court.
Mr Howling said: ‘It was just after midnight and I heard this smash. He had thrown a hammer at the window and broken the first pane of glass.
‘I’ve had to move everything away from the window because I’m scared if he does it again the hammer will come straight through.
‘I was terrified when he did it but for the past three months I’ve been living with one eye out of the window checking where he is and what he’s up to.’
Among his victims was Neil Howling (pictured), who moved from Bridlington five years ago, and said Garnett was even intimidating him at Hull Magistrates’ Court this week
Mr Howling said there is now a restraining order out against Garnett, but he lives directly above the criminal and has to walk past his window to put out the bins.
He added: ‘I don’t know how these restraining orders are supposed to work when he can still live so close to us all.
‘He was even being intimidating in court, staring at me and speaking out to the judge. She had to keep telling him to shut up and look to the front otherwise he would be sent down.’
It is claimed that Garnett also hung signs on a white British woman’s washing line, telling her to ‘die you n*****’, and calling her a ‘black n***** b******’.
Garnett (right) called a woman ‘evil’ in a note (left) and has now been sentenced at court
Another neighbour Debbie, 59, spoke out about being so scared in her own home and said she was desperate for Hull City Council to find her another property.
Debbie said she ‘can’t sleep and can’t cope anymore’ living so close to Mr Garnett, and claimed he threatened to burn her flat down with her inside.
Mr Howling added: ‘We’re walking on eggshells. I’m happy he’s been convicted but we still have to live with him.
‘Just the other day he was shouting at another neighbour while she was walking her dog saying he was going to strangle her and slit her dog’s throat.
Neighbours on the street in Hull have spoke out about being scared in their own homes
‘But even in court he was saying it was all our fault because we were provoking him. All I know is someone hung a thong on his washing line for a joke but that doesn’t warrant having your windows put through and shouting horrible things.
‘We can’t sit out in our communal garden because he will be there. I don’t know what’s gone so wrong from us all having cups of tea together to this.’
Garnett also called a woman an ‘evil witch’, a ‘sea witch’ and an ‘evil dragon’.
As well as the eight week sentence, suspended for two months, Mr Garnett was ordered to pay £200 for criminal damage to the window, undertake 15 days of rehabilitation, pay court costs of £170 and pay a victim surcharge of £172.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of racial aggravation and two counts of causing harassment, alarm or distress contrary to the Public Order Act 1986.