Woman loses appeal against noisy sex Asbo

A WOMAN who was given a sex Asbo because of the volume of her nightly love-making sessions has lost an appeal against the order after claiming it breached her human rights.

A WOMAN who was given a sex Asbo because of the volume of her nightly love-making sessions has lost an appeal against the order after claiming it breached her human rights.

Caroline Cartwright, 48, claims that she is unable to stop the loud shouting and screaming she makes during sex with her husband Steve at their home in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

After neighbours, the local postman and a woman taking her child to school complained about the noise, the Cartwrights were hit with a noise abatement notice.

However, when Mrs Cartwright was convicted of breaching the notice, magistrates made her subject of an anti-social behaviour order as well.


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Specialist equipment installed in a neighbour's flat by Sunderland City Council recorded noise levels of between 30 to 40 decibels, with the highest being 47 decibels.

But jobless Mrs Cartwright, 48, used Article 8 of the Human Rights Act to argue she had a right to “respect for her private and family life”.

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But today, a judge at Newcastle Crown Court upheld the original conviction and ordered that the Asbo should stay.

The punishment imposed by Sunderland magistrates for breaching the noise abatement notice - a fine of �200, costs of �300, a �15 surcharge and the Asbo - will also remain.

Mrs Cartwright, who is now living in a bail hostel in Sunderland, will also have to pay �200 costs towards the appeal hearing.

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