Suffolk nightmare neighbour to be assessed by psychiatrist before sentencing

Neighbour from hell, Michael Cornwell, leaving Ipswich Magistrates Court in March.
Picture: ARCHANT

Neighbour from hell, Michael Cornwell, leaving Ipswich Magistrates Court in March. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

A nightmare neighbour from Bures who has breached court orders 28 times has had his latest sentencing hearing adjourned to allow him to be assessed by a psychiatrist.

Michael Cornwell, 64, was jailed for 38 weeks last month by a judge at Ipswich Crown Court after losing his appeal against five breaches of a restraining order.

The breaches by Cornwell, of Eves Orchard, Bures, near Sudbury, related to him swearing at two women and a man he was banned from contacting under a five-year restraining order made in November 2012.

The offences took place on July 13, 2016, and February 4 this year.

Jailing Cornwell last month, Judge John Devaux described his behaviour as a “campaign of harassment” and said he had not expressed any remorse or understanding of the effect of his conduct on the victims of the offences.

In June, Cornwell pleaded guilty at East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to breaching a restraining order by swearing at Linda Frost on June 20.

He also admitted being in breach of a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, which he had previously been given for breaching an earlier restraining order.

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Cornwell was due to have been sentenced for these offences today, but Judge Devaux agreed to a defence request to adjourn the hearing for at least six weeks to allow a psychiatric assessment to be carried out on Cornwell.

At an earlier hearing, Suffolk magistrates heard that on June 20 Linda Frost was holding her 15-month-old grandchild and talking to a neighbour in the street when she noticed Cornwell arguing with a builder doing work nearby.

Cornwell started walking back towards his home and was still ranting and raving, the court heard.

As he passed Mrs Frost, who is one of three people he is barred from contacting, Cornwell said: “You holding that ******* baby.”

The builder came over to Mrs Frost as she was tearful.

Mrs Frost told him she could not take much more of the situation and the builder suggested she call police.

The Ipswich Crown Court heard that Cornwell had breached restraining orders relating to neighbours in Eves Orchard and his previous neighbours in Monks Eleigh a total of 28 times.