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‘Wailing’ neighbour avoids jail despite breaching criminal behaviour order nine times

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Nightmare neighbour Sandrine Lester arrives at Wimbledon Magistrates Court (Picture: SWNS)
Nightmare neighbour Sandrine Lester arrives at Wimbledon Magistrates Court (Picture: SWNS)

A nightmare neighbour who breached her criminal behaviour order nine times from her £500,000 flat has narrowly avoided being put behind bars.

Sandrine Lester, 48, admitted ignoring the criminal behaviour order handed down on January 9.

Only a few days later, she began playing loud music, shouted, sang and ‘wailed’ outside her first floor flat in Kew, West London.

She also banged on her neighbour Jeremy Edwards’ door several times shouting ‘f*** off f*** off f*** off’ on 15 March.

Wimbledon Magistrates Court heard how neighbours lives were turned upside down as Lester played loud music for an hour and a half on some occasions.

Prosecutor Laura Strachan-Taylor said: ‘There were nine breaches and convictions after being given a criminal behaviour order.

‘This is the highest end of convictions. Yes, the culpability is not serious, but it’s persistent.

Nightmare neighbour Sandrine Lester arrives at Wimbledon Magistrates Court in London where she is accused of breaching the conditions of an ASBO which prevents her from singing loudly, wailing and playing loud music. London, September 04 2019. See National News story NNneighbour. A nightmare neighbour from hell escaped jail for repeatedly loudly singing incoherent made-up tuneless songs. Sandrine Lester, 48, pleaded guilty for breaching a criminal behaviour order nine times. She was given the order on 9 January. Just six days later, she played loud music, shouted, sang and "wailed" outside her first floor flat window of her half a million pound flat on the sleepy suburban riverside of Bushwood Road, Kew.
Lester, 48, ‘wailed’ outside her first floor flat window of her half a million pound flat on the sleepy suburban riverside of Bushwood Road, Kew (Picture: SWNS)

‘Ms Lester poses a continued risk of anti-social behaviour.’

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Neighbour Mr Edwards said in his victim impact statement that he and his wife and daughter had lost sleep as a result of Lester’s actions and were constantly on ‘edge’.

He said: ‘Even when she doesn’t make any noise, we’re constantly on edge in case she starts again.

‘We can’t relax. This breach in behaviour not only impacts sleep but also work and study.’

The prosecutor recommended a minimum of two years imprisonment.

Gerard Kinch, mitigating for Ms Lester, said: ‘I accept yes this was annoying, but I do not see this so bad that it warrants a custodial sentence.’

Nightmare neighbour Sandrine Lester arrives at Wimbledon Magistrates Court in London where she is accused of breaching the conditions of an ASBO which prevents her from singing loudly, wailing and playing loud music. London, September 04 2019. See National News story NNneighbour. A nightmare neighbour from hell escaped jail for repeatedly loudly singing incoherent made-up tuneless songs. Sandrine Lester, 48, pleaded guilty for breaching a criminal behaviour order nine times. She was given the order on 9 January. Just six days later, she played loud music, shouted, sang and "wailed" outside her first floor flat window of her half a million pound flat on the sleepy suburban riverside of Bushwood Road, Kew.
Lester was handed a six months prison sentence, suspended for 12 months (Picture: SWNS)

He said that the fear of losing her flat had led Lester to consume too much alcohol.

The neighbours nightmare finally came to an end, when Lester moved to a terraced house in Hersham, Surrey on 24 July.

She has since completed an alcohol treatment requirement attached to a previous court order.

Lester was handed a six months prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

She was also ordered to pay £300 in court costs and a surcharge of £122 to be paid in instalments of £100 a month.

As she received her sentence, Lester yelled: ‘But I am not a violent person!’

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