A couple who had their neighbour arrested have been left with a £500,000 legal bill
Michael Salliss, 74, and his wife Hazel, 62, told police that pub band guitarist Terry Simou, 53, was threatening to shoot them.
But in fact Mr Simou – with whom they were locked in a bitter boundary dispute – was simply practising the Hendrix classic Hey Joe, which features the line: “I’m going down to shoot my old lady.”
The professional acupuncturist spent seven hours locked up before being released after only a minute of questioning at a police station.
A county court judge found the incident in August 2014 was just one episode in a campaign of bullying by Mr Simou’s neighbours.
It has left the couple, from Etchingham, East Sussex, facing lawyers’ bills of more than £500,000.
They went to the Court of Appeal in London today in a bid to overturn the original ruling.
Michael and Hazel Salliss told police that Terry Simou was threatening to shoot them Remembering Jimi Hendrix 1942-1970 Fri, November 27, 2015
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Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, sitting with Lord Justice Beatson and Lord Justice Henderson, will give judgment at a later date.
Mr and Mrs Salliss have attempted to bully their neighbours
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Judge Simon Coltart at Tunbridge Wells County Court had heard the couple were in dispute with Mr Simou and another neighbour, pensioner Christie Greenfield, for years.
They were accused of obstructing Mrs Greenfield’s right of way and of grabbing parts of Mr Simou’s property he needed for parking.
Mr Simou and Mrs Greenfield also accuse Mr and Mrs Salliss, who runs a construction firm, of a campaign of bullying.
Mr Simou also had been “racially abused for his Greek origin” by Mr Salliss.
The couple went to the Court of Appeal in a bid to overturn the original ruling
Mrs Greenfield said she was threatened by him with a bale of hay from his tractor. Finding against the Mr and Mrs Salliss, Judge Coltart ruled they harassed both neighbours during a single-minded bid to improve their own home.
He said: “Mr and Mrs Salliss have attempted to bully their neighbours in order for them to adjust the boundaries to suit their own requirements without any attempt at consultation or negotiation.
A county court judge found the incident was just one episode in a campaign of bullying Mr Simou
“The next thing Mr Simou knew he was being arrested and taken to the police station, where he was held for seven hours before being interviewed. Within 10 minutes, he was released.
“I am quite satisfied that the complaint was instigated by Mr and Mrs Salliss and that their allegation, that in some way Mr Simou was threatening to shoot them with a gun, was trumped up.”