Nightmare neighbour threatened to make woman jump from burning flat ‘like 9/11’

A nightmare neighbour has been spared a jail sentence despite making a series of bizarre and disturbing threats – including burning down her house and forcing her to jump from the window "like 9/11”.

Neville Simpson, 57, left his victim "terrified" after subjecting her to months of verbal abuse.

He falsely accused her of being a "paedophile" and threatened to kill her and dismember her body as well as making fake claims on a live podcast.

On another occasion he made a chilling threat to torch her flat so she would be forced to jump out of her window "like 9/11".

Simpson admitted putting a person in fear of violence by harassment between when he appeared at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday.

He was handed a nine month sentence, suspended for 12 months, ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £300 costs.

Sentencing, Judge James Burbidge QC said Simpson had used "grotesque, abusive language" about his victim, including mocking her over her weight.

He said: "Your record shows you can rehabilitate your conduct. A court must have cognisance of the fact you have stayed out of trouble."

The court heard Simpson, who lived next to his victim in Wellington Close, Worcester, bombarded her with abuse and threats for eight months between August 1, 2019 and April 10, 2020.

Prosecutor Jason Aris said: "He decides, for whatever reason, to make her life a living hell by harassing her, by berating her with abuse and threats.

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"It all seems to have transpired in the summer of 2019 when he started to shout out of his window at her as she was leaving a block of flats."

He told the court Simpson told her: "I'm going to kill you and cut you."

Mr Aris said: "This became a regular thing. As upsetting as it was for her, she tried her best to ignore it."

When the victim's mother arrived at the address Simpson was heard to say: "That better not be your mother. She will get the same."

On other occasions, Simpson told the woman he was going to "chop her up" and "burn the flat down".

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Mr Aris said: "She said she was absolutely petrified and decided to go and stay at her mum's. He was still ranting when her stepdad came to collect her."

Simpson told her: "You can run but you can't hide. I'm Neighbourhood Watch – you should not expect a free pass because you're white."

He also called her names on a live podcast and told her he was going to "make you burn," adding: "You will jump out [of your flat] like it's 9/11."

When the victim told him she was going to report him to police, he told her: "Grass to the plod and you will be sorry."

The victim finally plucked up the courage to report Simpson to police in February 2020.

In a victim personal statement she said she suffered anxiety and panic attacks as a result of the abuse.

The court heard Simpson has six convictions for 19 previous offences.

Lee Egan, defending, said: "The criminal conduct has ceased."

Simpson was also slapped with a five year restraining order and banned from publishing material that relates to the victim.

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