The daughter of former Tottenham manager Shreeves has been handed a community order after hurling wet cement and bricks over her neighbour’s fence in a ‘hate campaign’ against the couple.
Joanne Shreeves, 51, caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to Trevor Dempsey’s property, including fence, garden flowers and a custom-built potting shed.
One one occasion, she was caught on a camera belonging to Mr Dempsey, 62, and his former partner Sandra Durdin, 58, spitting at her neighbours and laughing.
During another confrontation, Shreeves was seen shaking the fence between the properties in The Ridgeway, Chingford, east London, before snarling: ‘You’re a dirty c**t, you are. A f*****g dirty c**t. You know what happens to dirty c***s?’
She was yesterday found guilty of common assault, causing criminal damage and one count of threatening behaviour in a retrial following a conviction last May.
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.
But as she was convicted yesterday, the judge ridiculed her claim that the footage, shot by her long-suffering neighbours, Sandra Durdin and Trevor Dempsey, had been tampered with.p
‘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.’
Mr Dempsey also said his neighbour was like a ‘person possessed’ when she chucked boulders over his fence on 24 October 2020:
The judge ridiculed Shreeves’ claim that the footage, shot by her long-suffering neighbours, Sandra Durdin and Trevor Dempsey, had been tampered with
He told the court: ‘There was a big crunch – she went berserk. She went to her garage, took out her shovel and shovelled out what we put in and threw it over the top of the fence and actually hit me.
‘You could see her throwing boulders over the fence throwing stuff at the house and windows. She was like a person possessed, she was a person possessed.’
Shreeves then tried to destroy her neighbours’ cameras using a hose, the court heard.
Mr Dempsey called police but Ms Shreeves made a follow-up call cancelling the request for officers to come to the scene.
CCTV footage showed Shreeves walking up and down the garden with a large broom, poking it over the garden fence.
She was also shown snipping off tape on the fence that read ‘Keep Out’.
Earlier, the defendant and her mother, Carol Shreeves, claimed they suffered abuse and damage from Mr Dempsey 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.
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
‘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.’
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.’.
Joanne Shreeves is the daughter of former Tottenham Hotspur boss Peter Shreeves – who owns the house
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.’
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.