Nuisance neighbours 'played Wicked Witch song' after police report

The woman stated Paul McGowan and Paul Nelson made life 'unbearable'.

Men allegedly targeted Jordanhill neighbour by ‘playing Wicked Witch song’ following police report Website

A woman claimed her nuisance neighbours played the Wicked Witch song from their flat after she reported them to the police. 

Francis Nixon, 74, stated partners Paul McGowan, 40, and Paul Nelson, 61, made life in Glasgow’s Jordanhill “unbearable.” 

She alleged that the pair played loud music, argued loudly and banged on the floor.

The woman believed that the pair took pictures of her and another neighbour worried for her safety.

Ms Nixon also claimed that dogs were allowed to urinate on her garden and McGowan cut her washing line.

The witness stated that CCTV was installed at her home for her safety. 

McGowan and Nelson are on trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court accused of engaging in a course of conduct which caused Ms Nixon fear or alarm.

The incidents are claimed to have taken place between April 2012 and May 2016.

University of Glasgow invigilator Ms Nixon told jurors on Thursday that she was initially neighbourly with the men.

She became aware that they ran pubs and would refer to the area they lived in as “Jordanhell.”

The witness stated that in the early stages, she would hear loud music, demolition work as well as “shouting and bawling” coming from their flat.

Ms Nixon claimed she was “afraid” to confront them face to face but she made a complaint to Glasgow Housing Association.

Prosecutor Carrie Stevens asked if the noises were consistent.

She replied: “It built up…which made my life pretty unbearable.”

The witness told the court that she got the blame for police attending their flat despite her not making the report.

She said: “When I was coming home they would always be there – Mr McGowan would hang over the balcony.

“I became aware of them looking at me and I thought they were taking photos.

“It got to the point I never looked up at their close.”

Ms Nixon stated she went to the police after six months as she “couldn’t handle it anymore.”

She stated the police visited the pair at their flat before “all hell broke loose” the night after.

Ms Nixon claimed her ceiling was cracked after furniture was dropped on the floor and another neighbour put a letter through her door worrying for her safety.

Ms Stevens asked how the pair got worse and the witness replied: “They made comments towards me.

“I could hear it in the garden or coming up the road that ‘the witch was coming’.

“They had a record of Wizard of Oz song Wicked Witch of the West which was played at full volume a couple of times in the garden and when coming up the road.”

Ms Nixon – a keen gardener – stated that she also found damage to her plants and found rubbish such as cigarette ends in her pots.

She believed they were thrown by McGowan and Nelson.

The witness claimed that the mess was cleaned after reporting the matter to the police. 

Ms Nixon recalled a further incident when a thick glass ashtray fell into pieces on her balcony.

She said: “CCTV was put in to offer me protection for my garden and car which was parked at the front – this was from the GHA.”

Ms Nixon claimed she spotted McGowan on two occasions damaging her washing line with scissors and a cigarette.

She also stated that there was a “downpour of dog wee” on her garden from dogs which were with the men.

McGowan faces a separate stalking charge of carrying out similar actions on another neighbour Julie McDonald in the city’s Knightswood.

He is said to have made further false claims to Glasgow Housing Association about her.

McGowan also allegedly recorded video and audio of her and her family as well as place a microphone close to her home.

McGowan and Nelson are further charged with behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards housing officer Basharat Sadiq by making audio recordings as well as uttering threatening and insulting comments to him.

They are also said to have behaved in an inappropriate manner towards social worker Helen Buckner during the execution of her duty by offering her alcohol.

Housing officer Clare Scott was also allegedly offered alcohol and flowers sent to her by the men.

McGowan and Nelson, now of the city’s Maryhill, deny the six charges.

The trial continues before Sheriff Gerard Considine.

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