King’s Lynn woman admits shouting homophobic abuse at neighbour

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.

A woman has been ordered to pay compensation to her former neighbour, after she shouted homophobic abuse at her in a row about noise.

Tanya Goldsmith, 36, of Jarvis Road, North Lynn, pleaded guilty to a charge of using threatening behaviour when she apperared in court on Monday.

She was told to pay £200 compensation to her victim, which magistrates said was nearly double that would have been imposed without the hate crime aspect of the offence.

Goldsmith was also made the subject of a 12 month restraining order, barring her from contacting the victim, and told to pay £20 costs.

Passing sentence, bench chairman Elaine Bird told her: “The words you used were quite revolting and it was a horrible thing for you to have done.”

Fergus Harold, prosecuting, told the court Goldsmith had shouted abuse, including homophobic comments, towards her neighbour, who is in a same sex relationship, on the morning of January 19.

The couple also foster two children, one of whom was present at the time of the incident.

Goldsmith subsequently posted a message on Facebook containing further abusive remarks.

Mr Harold added that the victim, who has since moved to a new address, also had a recording of Goldsmith making derogatory comments.

When interviewed by police, Goldsmith told officers she had been woken by “banging and crashing” from next door and became angry as a result.

She admitted raising her fist and telling the woman: “You’re lucky you’re not getting this.”

However, she insisted she had not intended to hit her.

She also confirmed that the Facebook message had been related to her neighbour.

But she maintained that she had “nothing specific” against lesbians and had members of her family who are lesbians.

Goldsmith, who represented herself in the hearing, said she had “had enough” of the noise coming from the neighbouring property.

She added that she did not know where the couple had moved to.