Two admit affray following neighbour dispute in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 16:14 10 January 2017 | UPDATED: 16:14 10 January 2017

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court.


A judge has ordered a psychiatric report on a woman who has admitted threatening her neighbours during a long-running dispute on an estate in Exmouth.

Alex Humphreys, 23, admitted affray and two offences of assault by beating which all related to the same incident outside her home on Mountain Close on September 16.

George Smith, 22, of Langstone Drive, admitted affray during the same incident when both defendants appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

Further charges of witness intimidation involving threats of stabbing and arson have been dropped and the two defendants will be sentenced separately later this month and in February.

All the offences were caught on CCTV during a six-minute confrontation and in a basis of plea Humphreys said she had reacted to being goaded for some time by two neighbours.

Recorder James Watson, QC, ordered a psychiatric report on Humphreys and adjourned her sentence until February 23. She appeared by video link from Eastwood Park Prison and was remanded in custody.

Mr Watson ordered a probation report into Smith and adjourned his case until January 26.

William Parkhill, prosecuting, said: “It is clear from the documentation the events in Mountain Close that day had a background of animosity, although the rights and wrongs of that are not relevant to the sentencing exercise.

“They were captured on two separate CCTV systems, one of which shows the behaviour visually and the other of is in audio form.

“They are six minutes long in total.”

Nigel Wraith, representing Humphreys, told the court a psychiatric report would be helpful because Humphreys suffers from anxiety and has problems with mental health.

Lee Bremridge, representing Smith, said: “The CCTV captured his part.

“The background in Mountain Close had nothing to do with him.

“His involvement was limited to the events of that day.”

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