"She coped with his continuous verbal abuse, intimidation and repeated revving of his car engine outside her Berkshire home. She even managed to cope with her inconsiderate neighbour's loud music by moving her bed into the kitchen, the room farthest from his lounge. But when she returned from work to find her tormentor of four years had shoved human excrement through her letter box, Miriam began contemplating suicide.The 'anti-social' gent pictured below will be out now.
It was the final straw and it almost broke the 46-year-old's resolve which, until then, had been stoical throughout Peter Maijahd's campaign of harassment. The 37-year-old is now serving a five-month prison sentence for breach of an anti-social behaviour injunction (Asbi).
His daily incoherent ranting, repeated foot stomping, door slamming, along with banging weights on the floor day and night, had blighted her life in Slough, Berkshire.
Slough Borough Council issued her with a letterbox guard following that day in August 2004, only two months after she and Maijahd attended a council mediation meeting. The situation had become so deplorable for Miriam, who lived in a flat above him in Cippenham, that she would go to great lengths to avoid going home after work.
'His music was so amplified it was like living inside a nightclub 24/7 - the bass sound reverberated around my flat... I always wore ear plugs from the minute I entered my flat. I began watching two films back-to-back at the cinema, spending more time at the gym and sitting in my car in any car park for hours to avoid confrontations with him. My family said my personality had changed - I rarely smiled and although I held it together for work, I turned into a blubbering mess at home.'
Slough Borough Council, who said Maijahd had threatened and racially abused its staff, has now applied to have him banned from the road and surrounding areas until 2008, and has also begun eviction proceedings against him.
He was sentenced on 13 January and jailed five days later. He did not attend the hearing but was found guilty of breaching his Asbi - a civil order used to try to control behaviour within social housing rather than move the problem elsewhere."
Monday, 1 January 2007
At the Expense of All the Miriams
On 27 January 2006, the BBC reported thus: