A West Roxbury District Court judge today admonished two neighbors to grow up and stop battling over their property line.
She reserved particular ire for a 72-year-old woman whose neighbor captured her video on his property scaring his kids and then smashing a glass deck table by throwing a rock at it. The woman, who had requested a restraining order against her neighbor and who walked into court with a cane, had denied ever going on his property, let alone destroying his furniture, but then the man produced his video camera and the judge watched a video showing the incident.
At 72, Judge Debra DelVecchio told the woman, she's more than old enough to know not to scare little children and smash furniture even if, as she alleged, the man had first tossed rocks her way. Despite repeated requests from the judge, the woman was unable to cite a single instance in which the man made her feel threatened for her life - a prerequisite for a protective order - and instead kept bringing up the fence the man had built, which she claimed was on her side of their property line.
The man, however, denied that, and said he put it several inches on his side of the line after a surveyor marked out their boundary. He said he was forced to put a fence in after repeated attacks by the woman dating back to the 1990s.
As the woman kept bringing up the fence and the man kept bringing up the rock incident, DelVecchio finally had enough. The woman was not going to get a restraining order - she'd provided no proof her neighbor threatened her. If he really threw rocks at her, she should have called police, rather than rampaging on his property and smashing things.
"Since neither of you are moving, it makes sense to try to get along," she told both. Failing that, there's always the police for violent acts - and land court for settling the issue of just where the fence should go.