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Monday, April 20, 2009

couple charged for being too loud in bed


From The Daily Star

A RANDY woman has been slapped with an ASBO after a court ruled her marathon sex sessions were too noisy for neighbours.

And magistrates had to listen to tapes of her loud love-making to be sure.

Caroline Cartwright, 47, was fined £515 after being found guilty of breaching acceptable noise levels during three-hour romps with hubby Steve. He escaped prosecution.

The court heard their sessions were so loud that one partially-deaf neighbour told the court she had not had a decent night’s sleep in two years.

But shameless Cartwright told the court: “I can’t understand why people ask me to be quiet. It’s normal to me. Sexual relations are important to me and my husband.”

She originally denied all five charges of excessive noise but was convicted after magistrates were played audio tapes of the couple’s noisy sex made by a neighbour.

Environmental health workers set up recording equipment in Rachel O’Connor’s flat next door to the couple’s house in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

Rachel pressed the record button each time she was disturbed by noise from the Cartwrights’ house.

She told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court: “There was a lot of moaning and screaming. It wasn’t just the woman, it came from both.”

The sessions generally lasted for about three hours.

Environmental health officer Pamela Spark told the court she had listened to 23 recordings of the couple having sex.

“There was an excessive screaming female voice. The noise was a clear breach of the abatement notice,” she said.

Magistrate Alan Griffins told Cartwright: "You have not shown respect for others."