Wendy Goode’s home in the Tollers Estate has been sealed up by Croydon Council, which claims it is the only way to stop abusive and antisocial behaviour against neighbours by her former live-in boyfriend Lee Norfolk.
Miss Goode, 47, has been an “active and willing partner” in Mr Norfolk’s bad behaviour, Croydon Council said, and has breached agreements to bar him from her home at 124 Goodenough Way.
It appears this was sprung on her at the last minute:
Miss Goode asked for an adjournment to seek legal representation in the civil proceedings, having been told of the order the day before.
However, Rory Clarke, representing Croydon Council, said the matter needed to be dealt with immediately “for the safety of the residents”.
He played audio tapes of Mr Norfolk apparently threatening neighbours the night before the hearing, and another of Miss Goode, on a separate occasion, verbally abusing a neighbour.
I’d like to hear when the ‘separate occasion’ actually was – two days ago? Two weeks ago? Two years ago?
Mr Norfolk – said to be living in an “encampment” at Happy Valley – did not attend the proceedings, and Miss Goode said she had no control over him showing up on the estate.
She said: “He has made my life a misery. It is just me and my daughter and all we want is just enough time to get some legal representation so I can come back to the court with my side of the story.
“I cannot control him; all I can stop him doing is coming into my property, which I have been doing.”
Unless the council have more on her than was mentioned in the newspaper report, I’d have thought they’d be hard pressed to convince a judge?
I mean, yes, she probably is a Neighbour From Hell (after all, it is Croydon!) but surely the council must prove this before eviction?