Neighbour spared jail after breaching court orders NINE times

Nightmare neighbour, 48, is spared jail after breaching court orders NINE times and making ‘residents’ lives hell’ from her £500,000 Kew flat

  • Sandrine Lester sang and wailed out of her first-floor window in west London 
  • Banged on her neighbour’s door and shouted ‘f*** off, f*** off, f***off’ in March 
  • Residents left ‘constantly on edge’ that she would disturb sleep with noise
  • Lester was handed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months 

Sandrine Lester (pictured outside Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court) was handed a suspended prison sentence today

A nightmare neighbour who made residents’ lives hell from her £500,000 flat in west London has narrowly escaped jail after breaching an order nine times.

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

Just six days later, she played loud music, shouted, sang and ‘wailed’ outside her first floor flat window of her Kew apartment.

She also banged on her neighbour Jeremy Edwards’ door several times shouting ‘f*** off, f*** off, f*** off’ on March 15. Mr Edwards recorded the nightmarish sounds coming from Lester’s windows.

The 48-year-old blasted loud music and loudly sing her own made-up songs, Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court heard.

While mostly incoherent, some lyrics included: ‘Everybody give a round of applause. Everybody shout. Woo!’

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

Neighbour Mr Edwards, in a victim impact statement, said he, his wife and daughter have lost sleep.

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

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

Lester faced Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court (pictured) after blasting music out of her first-floor window to the annoyance of her sleep-deprived neighbours 

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.

‘I don’t set out to minimise the behaviour but I would not say it was the worst behaviour of its kind.

‘Ms Lester has a problem with alcohol. Fearing the prospect of losing her flat prompted her to consume too much alcohol.’

Lester described herself as self-employed and was also given an allowance of £1,000 by her father who lives in France.

On 24 July, Lester moved to a terraced house in Hersham, Surrey, finally leaving her Kew neighbours in peace.

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

Lester (pictured outside court) shouted that she is ‘not a violent person’ as she was sentenced 

Magistrate Timothy Harrison said: ‘These are persistent and willful breaches of court orders.

‘On 9 January, you were given a order by this court. And yet on the 15 January you were again creating a disturbance.

‘The order would have been very fresh and you would have been warned. For each of the breaches, this does pass the custody threshhold.’

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.

Mr Harrison added: ‘Let me be clear. If you create a disturbance and are brought back to court, the prison sentence will be activated and you will go inside.’

Lester, wearing a black and white printed top and a mid-length skirt, yelled ‘But I am not a violent person!’ as she received her sentence. 

 

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