A RETIRED engineer was caught on camera slashing his neighbour’s swimming pool because he hated to hear children playing in it, a court heard. Stephen Gee, 63, was so fed up with the noise made by Jason Little’s children in the outdoor pool that he carried out a commando-style attack.
Gee crept into his neighbour’s garden in Puxey, Dorset, armed with a bladed weapon and cut a hole in the metal wall of the 30ft by 12ft pool, causing 4,000 litres of water to gush out.
Mr Little, a decorated Army major, and his wife Avril were away at the time and when they returned to their £600,000 home they found their pool empty and their garden flooded.
Footage from Mr Little’s CCTV camera, shot at 4am, showed his hooded neighbour sneaking towards his pool.
Gee disappeared behind the structure for 16 seconds before creeping back to his house.
Whenever they used the swimming pool, they shouted over the fence at them and would play loud music and stare at them.
He left a note on the Little’s porch explaining how he had woken in the night to the sound of flowing water and found their garden flooded.
Poole magistrates court heard the attack was the culmination of a fouryear dispute between the neighbours over the noise made when the Little’s children played in the pool.