Man sentenced for disability hate crime

A man who threatened his autistic neighbour and verbally abused her with a string of disgusting slurs has received a suspended prison sentence.

Tuesday, 29th January 2019, 3:30 pm
Paul Lyness.

The woman had lived with her partner at the flat they shared in Kielder Terrace, North Shields, for two years before Paul Lyness, 41, moved in next door.

A court was told how he proceeded to play loud music and host parties with friends into the early hours of the morning, and she then submitted a complaint to her local council, which led to friction between her and Lyness.

Tensions eventually boiled over on the evening of April 19 last year, when the 31-year-old woman was having a cigarette in her back garden.