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Solicitor in four year wheelie bin row with doctor is cleared of

Tudor House, Pinner  Tudor House, Pinner Credit:Tony Palmer Dr. Pillaye added that she took to recording their confrontations on her phone, saying her neighbour would abuse her from an upstairs window. A solicitor who engaged in four-year row over a wheelie bin row has been cleared of harassing his doctor neighbour after a judge ruled he was entitled to protect his property.Hugh Clement Sorrell, 76, was arrested and prosecuted after repeated quarrels with Dr. Jayshree Pillaye, 72, over the land outside apartments in Pinner, north west London.The pair repeatedly moved each other’s bins out of the way and accused one another of digging up their flowers. Dr. Pillaye, a Harley Street doctor, also accused Sorrell of moving her Hindu artefacts and leaving her in fear.Both Sorrell and Dr. Pillaye have resided in their Tudor House apartments for over thirty years, with the lawyer telling the court he tried to keep her: “As distant as possible.”Giving evidence behind a screen, Dr. Pillaye told the trial at Willesden Magistrates’ Court: “I was in fear every time I stepped out to my bins. Sorrell said things that were hurtful, fearful and caused me to panic.”He said that I didn’t own land to the side of my kitchen, that I was squatting and trespassing and that I didn’t own my part of the freehold.” But on Friday, District Judge Dennis Brennan found Sorrell, a property law specialist, not guilty of harassing Dr. Pillaye by abusing her between February 17 and August 20 last year. “The defendant did nothing more than protect his proprietary rights, apart from one incident in four years when he called her a bitch,” ruled District Judge Brennan.Sorrell had told the trial Dr. Pillaye’s behaviour was motivated by civil court defeat to other leaseholders of the property in 2013, after which she was ordered to pay £450,000 court cost”She did not like that she was condemned to indemnity costs,” he said.”She would move her bins onto land comprising my lease and I would move them off. She put her bins totally in my area virtually on a daily basis.”After the not guilty verdict was announced the court heard Dr. Pillaye made a further complaint to police, regarding more recent incidents, which may be subject to investigation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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