Hope all is well. I have been facing issues with my neighbour. I just moved into my new townhouse in September and since

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Customer: Second Opinion] Hi Pearl, hope all is well. I have been facing issues with my neighbour. I just moved into my new townhouse in September and since November 1st, one of my next door neighbour has been showing really adverse behaviour. I have called the police 4 times and the incidents have occured 10-12 times (where she would be banging really hard on the shared wall, screams, swears and yells. about 2-3 times, she has thrown stuff (dead rats in the front door, rocks in our back yard, grapes and avocado peals in the back yard and unknown liquid multiple times on our front door and backyard). She was charged when I had called the police the 3rd time and has a court case scheduled (crown prosecutor is pursuing that case). Our issue is that the incidents have continued to occur (have happened 2 times after her arrest during one of which I had to call the police). I am just in such a terrible situation since we have a newborn at home and an 18 month old kid. My wife is recovering from the recent delivery and we are having to go through this situation. What are my options and is there a way we can find a more permanent solution to our problem? JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location. Customer: I am in Ontario, Canada JA: What steps have you taken so far? Customer: called the cops on 4 separate occasions, our family doctor is aware of the situation, I have called the COAST (Crisis outreach and support team) to discuss what can be done about this situation. The crown prosecutor office has assigned a person who has communicated with us to update that the case is in process but it can take up to a year before sentencing (if it doesn't go to trial). JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you. Customer: Both my wife and I have sent over statements to the police which are part of the case. I have videos and pictures for whatever she threw on our front door through the ring camera but nothing for the backyard (just have pictures for that). Not sure if there is any other information/detail you need. Please let me know and I can add more. Thanks
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Debra, Expert

Hello and Welcome to JustAnswer. My name is***** will be working on your question today and I am looking forward to our conversation.
Customer
Hi Debra, thanks for looking into my situation
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Debra, Expert

I know your question is important to you and I will be giving it the time and attention it deserves.

Sometimes responses and replies take time, so I ask you to be courteous and patient to allow me the time to type answers to you and also to others. At times I may even have to do some research.

I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.

What are the police saying?


Customer
no problem at all. They are simply saying that she has mental health issues and we will contact the Crisis outreach and support team (COAST) to see if they can do anything. I contacted COAST team as well and discussed my situation and it seems like its only if they catch her in a state where she is harming herself or others only then can they take her in if they deem its appropriate. Other than that they just keep telling me to install cameras, keep a record of everything and keep reporting.
Customer
She has a police order against her from the time she was arrested (it lists that she can't make direct or indirect contact with us, nor can she be at places where we reside, go to school or work). She has a court hearing with the attorney general's office. But she repeated her behaviour since that too
Customer
Did you need any further information? I know you might be busy.
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When is that last time she did something to you?

Customer
The following summarizes Police reported incidents (she has done things more than 10-12 times). November 3rd, 2021 - first reported, November 27th, 2021 - second reported, December 5th, 2021 (3rd report and she was arrested for 3-4 hours), Jan 3rd, 2022 (fourth reported incident to the police - no specific action taken by the police).
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Here is the answer to your query. Please do not hesitate to ask any follow up questions related to this response and know that I will respond as soon as I can.


This is out of control and her mental illness is not an excuse.

There is another route you can go if the police will not assist you.

You can attend at the Justice of the Peace's office in any criminal court.

You simply walk in, tell the JP's secretary what you want to do, and he/she will give you a form to fill out (basic information and your allegations).

Then after you hand it in, you'll speak to the JP and explain the basis for the allegations.

Then if the JP decides there is enough to lay the information, he/she will schedule a pre-enquete (relatively brief in camera hearing to determine whether or not to proceed).

Be prepared to bring any evidence or witnesses you might have for that.

Does that help?

Customer
That is certainly helpful. I just want to know what can the justice help with though? Is Justice of peace able to get her to move?
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Debra, Expert

No but she will be charged and placed under a no contact order. I don't know exactly how that would work but it will help for sure.

Customer
I have an order from the attorney general office which list her conditions for release (they mentioned that she is not able to contact us directly or indirectly and she cannot go to places where we reside, work or go to school). This order is still in place until the court decides on something. Is this similar to what you are suggesting? If so, it seems like we have that but she keeps repeating this behaviour and the police haven't done much even though they saw this order.
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Debra, Expert

Well this is what I'm confused about because if she was already charged and placed under no contact order why isn't she being jailed when she is still harassing you?

Customer
That's exactly what I didn't understand. The only reason that I can think of is that she was smart enough to not come in front of the camera but the camera picked up on the grapes she threw (just the grapes) and her screaming and swearing from inside the house. But is that justified them not arresting and taking her in? what should I do in such a situation
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Debra, Expert

No it's not justified. They have to arrest her when she's breaching her conditions. Every time you see this happen I think you have to call 911. And if the police don't take this seriously maybe you need a lawyer to contact the police so that they see this is not going to go away. She needs to be stopped.

Customer
yeah i'm planning on calling 911 from now on. I have always used the non-emergency number but by the time they show up, things subside. Also when you say lawyer, do you mean an independent lawyer or the crown prosecutor?
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Debra, Expert

I mean your own independent lawyer.

Customer
how much will that cost me and what should I tell that particular lawyer?
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Debra, Expert

Have a free consultation if possible first and ask the lawyer what they think they can do for you. The hope is they would speak to the police and also send the neighbour a letter threatening court.

You can contact the Law Society and use their Lawyer Referral Service. You will be given the name of a lawyer and can consult with the lawyer and the first half hour will be free.

Here is a link to the site:

https://lsrs.lso.ca/lsrs/welcome

Customer
Thanks for all your help. I'll contact them
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Debra, Expert

You are very welcome.

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Is there anything more I can help you with before I mark this question as complete?

Customer
I think for now i'm fine. We as a family still feel helpless since there seems to be no permanent solution to our issue for now. Appreciate your help! :)
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Debra, Expert

Thank you for trusting us to help you here at JustAnswer. If you need more clarification or have a follow-up question just reply and we can continue our dialogue. If you would like to ask me new questions please start a new post and if you do if you say “This is only for Debra” I will be sure to give your post top priority.

Although I can’t always give good news, I am direct and do my best to simplify things for people to understand.

Thank you very much!

Best wishes,

Debra


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