Neighbour, 71, gets restraining order after lying to couple next door that he was ‘ex-SAS’ and would ‘kill them all’ in row over garden fence
- Aleksander Perzylo terrorised next-door neighbours Grace and Andrew Currie
- The 71-year-old threatened them in a campaign which lasted for three years
- He set up a camera to monitor the couple and pointed a bow and arrow at them
Aleksander Perzylo, pictured outside court, was handed a 26-week suspended prison sentence and a restraining order
A pensioner who threatened to kill his neighbours and set up a camera to monitor their movements has been given a restraining order.
Aleksander Perzylo waged a three-year campaign of harassment against his next-door neighbours Grace and Andrew Currie.
The 71-year-old told them he was a former SAS operative, screamed insults at them and said he would ‘kill them all.’
Perzylo set up a camera in his house to watch over the family and pointed a bow and arrow at the couple in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.
He was arrested after telling the couple: ‘I’ll kill them all. I’m ex-SAS, I would know how to do it.’
On the third day of his trial at South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court, Perzylo changed his plea to guilty
He was handed a 26-week suspended prison sentence and a restraining order.
Mrs Currie told the court the dispute began after work done on the Perzylos’ house resulted in a fence being moved one foot into her land.
She said living next door to the defendant had been ‘horrendous’.
Perzylo aged a three-year campaign of harassment against his next-door neighbours Andrew and Grace Currie
The court was shown photos taken by the Curries’ builder which appeared to show a video camera set up to spy on their house.
Mrs Currie claimed the camera was used to look into the kitchen then later moved to spy on the garden.
She said Mr Perzylo once told her: ‘Wait till I see you on a dark night.’
Mrs Currie told magistrates: ‘I want to leave because of him, but I’m torn because it is near my daughter’s school.
‘It has been horrendous. The garden is meant to be a place for my daughter but I don’t let her in there since the camera.’
Perzylo set up a camera in his house (pictured) to watch over the family and pointed a bow and arrow at the couple in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
Perzylo’s defence solicitor John Didsbury said: ‘I hope we can draw a line under this and both sets of parties can move on. He accepts there have been occasions when he has acted inappropriately. It’s a neighbourly dispute and custody would be excessive.
‘This is not a situation where he has decided to target them and make life hard for them. Neighbourly disputes are never clean cut.’
Mr Didsbury said his client’s had never been in the SAS, and suggested his behaviour may have been affected by steroids he had been taking for various ailments.
Perzylo was also banned from having contact with builder Steve Cotter who had been working on the Curries’ house.
Perzylo and his wife Joyce have since put their home on the market.
Magistrates also re-sentenced him for a community order imposed after he threatened violence to police officers over the phone at Barrow Police Station.