A WOMAN who subjected her neighbours to months of extreme racist abuse is to be evicted from her home.
Joanne Hunter, 41, hurled drunken slurs at neighbour Kelly Aveyard, her Asian partner and their two young children between March and June 2009.
Now Hunter, who has lived at Syke Road, Earlsheaton, Dewsbury, since 1998, has been ordered by a county court judge to leave the property within 28 days.
Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) had received complaints of antisocial behaviour by Hunter and her ex-partner, Wayne Scalley, since 2002, Huddersfield County Court was told.
In 2006 the pair were served with an injunction preventing them from using threatening behaviour, causing a nuisance or entering certain areas of Earlsheaton.
But the antisocial behaviour escalated into ‘extreme’ racial abuse last year forcing Miss Aveyard and her family to move elsewhere.
In June KNH applied for a possession order against Hunter, who was in July convicted of racial harassment.
Audio recordings of Hunter’s obscene, racist tirades were yesterday played in court.
Hunter, who has a mixed-race daughter, denied being a racist and claimed she had retaliated to abuse from Miss Aveyard.
She added she was sorry for her behaviour and said she was looking forward to alcohol rehabilitation.
But ordering Hunter to leave the property, Judge Shaun Spencer QC said: "Given the extreme nature of behaviour it seems to me that the local authority has been justified in seeking a possession order and despite the undertakings for future conduct I don’t see any basis for suspending it."
After the hearing Miss Aveyard, 29, said: "I’m very happy with the result. I’ve waited a long time for it.
"She’s definitely a racist. The recordings proved that.
"I lived there for three-and-a-half years and throughout that time I had problems with her.
"For one year it was really bad. In that year she made my life hell and especially my kids’ lives. They couldn’t even play out in the garden at that time.
"She never moderated her language in front of my kids. My three-year-old still talks about it.
"I’m pleased for other people so they won’t have to cope with her."
Paul Buckley, KNH director of neighbourhoods said: "Although 99% of our tenants want to just get on with their lives and be good neighbours, we do have a minority who seem determined to cause trouble.
"This is a complicated issue to tackle and we will always try to work with tenants to help them settle into their homes and communities. But sometimes, the level of antisocial behaviour is such that we are left with no alternative but to evict them – and that’s not something we take lightly.
"We want to make sure our residents can live peacefully alongside each other, but if that doesn’t happen, we won’t hesitate to take appropriate action."