SHAKEN and distraught, a mum-of-two has relived the terrifying moment her neighbour’s father attacked her.
Businessman Ian Graham grabbed Angela Forster by the throat after bursting into her Sunderland home in October last year.
The 59-year-old denied attacking the school cook after she fell out with his daughter, but was found guilty after a trial at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Magistrates heard friction between the neighbours dated back to August 2012, after trouble flared up over a fence.
Mrs Forster, 46, who moved into the property in 2004, said the families became friends, as they had children of a similar age.
She said: “We used to have a really good relationship, as her son is in the same class as my daughter.”
But Mrs Forster said problems started in 2012 when she heightened her back fence, after that she said the families fell out over car parking.
During the court case, prosecutor Keith Laidlaw said: “It was about 4pm and she was at home in the kitchen, when she heard a few loud bangs at the door.
“She opened the door and saw the defendant standing on the doorstep. Without any warning, he grabbed her by the throat and began to squeeze slightly.
“He began to scream at her, saying ‘You have ruined my daughter’s life.’”
Speaking after the case, Mrs Forster said: “I didn’t even cry at first. I could not believe that someone had come into my home and done something like that. It was horrible.”
She has since been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, is on medication, and has not been back to work. Her children, aged 17 and 11, were also affected.
Graham’s solicitor Gerry Armstrong, told the court he ran his own business and had never been in trouble before.
Graham, of Riverside Park, Sunderland, was sentenced to a one-year community order with 160 hours of unpaid work. He was told to pay £50 in compensation and £450 costs.