A COUPLE got revenge on their nightmare neighbor after he left a large gap in the wall and spray-painted his fence.
Lindsay Paul Slader Marsh and his wife Wong Tien Chi from Bedok, Singapore, got their money back after their property was left damaged.
While renovating their home, the couple’s neighbor removed a brick pillar, leaving a huge gap in a wall on their property.
They had also installed a fence post, which required digging a hole leading into the couple’s property.
But the nightmare neighbors didn’t stop there, as they later spray-painted “Private No Entry” and “Keep Out” in big letters on the side of the fence, before installing a security camera.
The angry couple took revenge and sued the neighbors for trespassing.
They argued that these destructive acts constituted civil wrongdoing that “impairs the use or enjoyment of a residence.”
Paul and Wong sued Mohamed Shariff Kassim and his wife Zakiah Awang, as well as their son Amir Md Shariff and daughter-in-law Candice Too – who didn’t live at the property but were managing the renovation project as the elderly owners were not in good health.
After a court hearing, a verdict was reached on Wednesday and the couple were awarded the huge sum of £2,010 in damages.
This included £523 for the costs of remedying the breach and £1,189 for the increased damages ordered against Shariff and Too.
The couple were also fined a hefty £297 for “minor” trespassing following the hole that was dug on their property.
However, the neighbors produced evidence showing that the surveillance camera was not aimed at Paul and Wong’s property, so no additional money was awarded to them.
The judge also dismissed the allegations related to the spray-painted words, noting that they were barely visible after the neighbor’s fence was installed.
He said, “The plaintiffs could only read the words if they climbed to the top of their green fence and looked straight into the gap between the fences.” No sane person would go on like this.” reported Asia One.
This comes after a homeowner erected a 10ft wooden fence to block the view of his nightmare neighbor, but people claimed he didn’t go far enough.
A man was also sacked from his plot for 28 years after arguing with his neighbors over their fence, but claimed he was only doing what any other gardener would have done.
And what were once friendly neighbors became rivals with a temporary injunction after a bitter argument over a garden fence.