Homophobic grandmother jailed for harassing gay neighbours

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British grandmother Elvira Baptiste has been jailed for an ongoing campaign of harassment against her gay neighbours, which forced them to move out of their home.

The 64-year-old (pictured) appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court last week, and a judge jailed her for 16 weeks, the Bristol Post reported.

The mother-of-ten denied the charge of harassment without violence but a judge found her guilty after a trial in November.

The court heard that for months, Baptiste displayed offensive posters, repeatedly played violently homophobic song “Boom Bye Bye” by Buju Banton, and hurled verbal abuse at her next-door neighbours.

The gay couple, Dean Griffiths and Andrew Knight, said they were forced to move out of their property in Redfield, Bristol.

In a statement read in court, Griffiths said, “She has made our lives misery.

“She seems to be watching us all the time and has put posters up in her window.

“We can not use our garden as it feels like she is watching us. I am not sleeping very well and our relationship is suffering.

“We loved the flat but, within a week, we know we would have to move out because of her behaviour.

“Her behaviour has caused us to move out, which shows how much it affects us.”

Prosecutors said the two victims moved into the property in early 2020. The harassment began just a few months later when next-door neighbour Baptiste shouted at them, “You stupid f___ing queer.”

More vile verbal abuse followed, the court heard, with Knight explaining he “dreaded coming home to this situation.”

“Why would a human being behave like this? We are having to move because of this behaviour,” he wrote in a statement read in court.

“It appears she is enjoying watching us suffer.”

Homophobic harassment continued while Elvira Baptiste was on bail

Elvira Baptiste was later arrested and bailed under the condition she not contact the couple, but more incidents allegedly occurred.

Her lawyer told the court, “This isn’t someone who regularly appears before the courts and she has not had similar problems with other neighbours.

“She is at very low risk of re-offending.”

But the Bristol Magistrates Court judge sentenced Elvira Baptiste to 16 weeks in prison. He told the court the woman had shown a clear lack of remorse.

“Despite the involvement of the police, this campaign of homophobic hatred continued,” the judge said.

“As a mother of ten and a grandmother of more than 20 children, I would expect you to understand the importance of people’s mental health and how to respect people.”

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1 Comment

  1. Peter Turner
    24 December 2021

    In Australia (if Morriscum has his way) she’ll just be able to claim it is her religious belief and be above the law.

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