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Grandmother, 68, ran over neighbour TWICE after his children walked onto shared country village driveway
18:13 GMT, 10 December 2012
22:20 GMT, 10 December 2012
Pensioner Jean Glyde, 68, left, was angry at farmer Jonathan Tunley after his children walked on her shared drive
A grandmother used her 4×4 to mow down her neighbour in a dispute over a driveway.
Jean Glyde, 68, twice drove directly at farmer Jonathan Tunley in an argument about access, forcing him up on to the bonnet.
Moments earlier she had revved the engine of her Hyundai Santa Fe at Mr Tunley’s 17-year-old son Jac as he walked the family dog and then pinned the teenager against a fence by driving into a grit box.
When Mr Tunley arrived to intervene, the pensioner told him to stay off the driveway, adding: ‘Shut up. You’re scum and all your family are scum.’
The 38-year-old father of two said: ‘She reversed back, blowing on the horn and went flat out at me. I thought, “She’s going to stop”, but she hit me from behind, scooping me up on to the bonnet and windscreen.
‘I crawled off and carried on walking. Then she came at me again and scooped me up. She looked mad.’
He added: ‘I have played rugby all my life and I have never been so scared as I was that night. It used to be quite peaceful around here. She is a neighbour from hell.’
A court heard the neighbours had been in dispute since Glyde – who lives in a 650,000 home with four acres of meadows – apparently objected to a planning application from the Tunley household to build an extension at their village home in South Wales.
Then on May 27 this year at around 10.20pm Glyde was driving down the driveway when she saw Jac Tunley walking his dog across the road.
Jac said the defendant ‘glared’ at him before revving the engine behind him. She then struck a yellow grit box next to him which caused him to be pinned against a fence with the dog.
Father-of-two Jonathan Tunley told the court that Jean Glyde 'reversed back, blowing on the horn and went flat out at me. She hit me from behind, scooping me up on to the bonnet and windscreen'
Jac phoned his father who arrived at the scene and started shouting at Glyde who told him he had no right of way on the land.
Glyde, pictured here at Cwmbran Magistrates' Court, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was ordered to pay a fine
When Mr Tunley started walking up the
road, Glyde revved her engine and drove straight at him. Mr Tunley
suffered injuries to his neck and shoulder, which resulted in the loss
of a hay crop because he was unable to harvest it.
Byron Broadstock, prosecuting, said
Glyde was part of a ‘neighbourly dispute’ as to whether Mr Tunley and
his family had right of way to a piece of land.
It emerged last night that the
neighbours’ properties are reached by different roads.
Glyde and her
husband, a member of the Round Table, say their driveway is for the
exclusive use of themselves and their direct neighbours. But Mr Tunley
admits his children use it to cut a mile off their daily walk to school.
Glyde, of Henllys, near Cwmbran,
Gwent, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was fined
750 with 1,225 costs at Cardiff Crown Court.
Jennet Treharne, defending, said
Glyde had panicked, adding: ‘This is very much out of character. She has
always contributed to the community and is well thought of.
devastated by being arrested and held in police custody.’
Recorder Nicholas Gareth Jones told Glyde: ‘You were reckless as to what you did.’
Last night Glyde denied opposing Mr
Tunley’s planning application and added: ‘I wouldn’t hurt a fly. I’ve
never had a parking ticket or a traffic fine in my life.’