Wife breached asbo by having noisy sex

The Northern Echo: Caroline Cartwright and husband Steve Caroline Cartwright and husband Steve

A WOMAN pleaded guilty today to breaching a sex Asbo three times.

Caroline Cartwright, 48, and her husband Steve were hit with a noise abatement notice after neighbours, the local postman, and a woman taking her child to school complained about their noisy lovemaking.

However, when Cartwright was convicted of breaching the notice, magistrates made her the subject of an anti-social behaviour order as well.

Cartwright pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court today to breaching the Asbo three times in April 2009.

Earlier this year Cartwright appealed against her conviction for breaching the noise abatement notice and the issuing of the Asbo, which bans the couple from "shouting, screaming or vocalisation at such a level as to be a statutory nuisance".

She used Article 8 of the Human Rights Act to argue she had a right to "respect for her private and family life".

Jobless Cartwright, who lost her appeal against the order, also claimed that she could not help making the loud noise during sex with her husband.

The hearing heard that the Cartwrights' nightly sex sessions at their home in Hall Road, Concord, Washington, Tyne and Wear, were making their neighbours lives hell.

Their lovemaking was described as "murder" and "unnatural" and drowned out their neighbours' televisions.

Neighbours said the Cartwrights' sex sessions would usually start around midnight and last for two or three hours, every night of the week.

Specialist equipment installed in a neighbour's flat by Sunderland City Council recorded noise levels of between 30 to 40 decibels, with the highest being 47 decibels.

Giving evidence Cartwright said she was unable to control the noise she made during sex.

"I did not understand why people asked me to be quiet because to me it is normal. I didn't understand where they were coming from," she said.

"I have tried to minimise the situation by having sex in the morning - not at night - so the noise was not waking anybody.

"I maybe sympathetic to it but it is not something I am doing on purpose."

Breaching an Asbo carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment but Judge Beatrice Bolton said Cartwright, who now lives in a bail hostel, would not face jail.

She adjourned the case until next year for sentencing and released Cartwright on bail.

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2:55pm Tue 15 Dec 09

big arnie says...

"I didn't understand where they were coming from," she said.

Insert your own punchlines here...
"I didn't understand where they were coming from," she said. Insert your own punchlines here... big arnie

4:51pm Tue 15 Dec 09

melwilson says...

So hang on a minute, they are in their late forties, married and doing it every night for a couple of hours - that needs applauding does it not??
So hang on a minute, they are in their late forties, married and doing it every night for a couple of hours - that needs applauding does it not?? melwilson

5:27pm Tue 15 Dec 09

Dean M says...

He needs applauding...and a medal...
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Send him to Afghanistan to tackle the Taliban...looks like nothing frightens him.
He needs applauding...and a medal... . Send him to Afghanistan to tackle the Taliban...looks like nothing frightens him. Dean M

5:52pm Tue 15 Dec 09

Johnny Mack says...

This country is really sad when this sort of thing makes headlines.I had a similar situation.The neighbours thought someone was blowing a bugle at all times during the night and day.I had to get a doctors certificate to prove it was just the wife passing wind.You may laugh but a very stressful time.I was badly affected with my shortness of breath.
This country is really sad when this sort of thing makes headlines.I had a similar situation.The neighbours thought someone was blowing a bugle at all times during the night and day.I had to get a doctors certificate to prove it was just the wife passing wind.You may laugh but a very stressful time.I was badly affected with my shortness of breath. Johnny Mack

7:02pm Tue 15 Dec 09

simonsaid says...

They are both faking it. Time they admitted it to each other.
They are both faking it. Time they admitted it to each other. simonsaid

9:45pm Tue 15 Dec 09

Mike H. says...

They both look fairly innocent people to me and she does have a cross to bear. I hope when it is their day in court they both come quietly!
They both look fairly innocent people to me and she does have a cross to bear. I hope when it is their day in court they both come quietly! Mike H.

11:49pm Tue 15 Dec 09

cj-dog says...

Is there an opportunity of News of the World exclusive with mega£££ (delusions of) Hollywood blockbuster starring Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.
YOU voted for Joe so anything is possible!!!!
Is there an opportunity of News of the World exclusive with mega£££ (delusions of) Hollywood blockbuster starring Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. YOU voted for Joe so anything is possible!!!! cj-dog

9:54am Wed 16 Dec 09

Dean M says...

Johnny Mack wrote:
This country is really sad when this sort of thing makes headlines.I had a similar situation.The neighbours thought someone was blowing a bugle at all times during the night and day.I had to get a doctors certificate to prove it was just the wife passing wind.You may laugh but a very stressful time.I was badly affected with my shortness of breath.
I thought the doctor told you it would improve if you made her stand outside?
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'The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind...'
[quote][p][bold]Johnny Mack[/bold] wrote: This country is really sad when this sort of thing makes headlines.I had a similar situation.The neighbours thought someone was blowing a bugle at all times during the night and day.I had to get a doctors certificate to prove it was just the wife passing wind.You may laugh but a very stressful time.I was badly affected with my shortness of breath.[/p][/quote]I thought the doctor told you it would improve if you made her stand outside? . 'The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind...' Dean M

2:53pm Wed 16 Dec 09

Edmondsley says...

At least David Walter Chamberlin and his horse were quiet about it.
At least David Walter Chamberlin and his horse were quiet about it. Edmondsley

5:42pm Wed 16 Dec 09

Aeriel says...

Ha ha! funny comments cheered me up after spending the day counting the seconds down to leave work! (pre-christmas demotivation, will be better after new year).
Ha ha! funny comments cheered me up after spending the day counting the seconds down to leave work! (pre-christmas demotivation, will be better after new year). Aeriel

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