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Racist neighbour jailed for abusing six-year-old Toxteth boy

SENTENCED: Leanne Sarah Delaney was jailed for four and a half months at Liverpool Magistrates Court

A NIGHTMARE neighbour who assaulted a six-year-old boy and racially abused his mum been jailed for four and a half months.

Leanne Sarah Delaney, 37, was sentenced at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court after subjecting her former neighbour to six years of abuse and threats at a block of flats in Toxteth.

Delaney left the young boy with bruises to his head after swiping round a door in an attempt to get at his mother, the court heard.

She had earlier pleaded guilty to assault, three charges of racially aggravated harassment and one of using threatening behaviour with an intent to cause fear of violence.

A victim impact statement, read in court, said: “Every aspect of my life has been affected and I can’t take it any more.”

The statement detailed abuse and threats from Delaney, who told the victim: “I could kill you and get away with it.”

She said: “For six years she (Delaney) has ruined my life. I have gone from a strong, single mum to a nervous wreck.”

The court also heard Delaney would racially abuse “anyone with a different or mixed background” and the victim had sought advice from charity the Anthony Walker Foundation, which aims to reduce hate crime.

The statement said a woman had once turned up at the communal front door to the flat with a baseball bat, looking for Delaney after claiming she had also been racially abused. The woman described constant “loud banging” sounds coming from the upstairs flat and said the situation had left her feeling depressed.

Lynn Clark, prosecuting, told the court that Delaney was first arrested on May 29 after threatening the victim and her partner, who attempted to escape by shutting their front door. As they attempted to get away Delaney assaulted the young boy. Ms Clark said while Delaney was on bail for the original offences, she was also charged with two racially aggravated public order offences after hurling abuse at the victim on September 17 and 19.

Phil Lieb, representing Delaney, told the court his client had moved away from the property and had no intention to return. Lieb said her offending was linked to a problem with binge drinking and Delaney was a “respectful, polite, co-operative” person when she abstained from alcohol.

He said: “This is a lady who has committed serious offences, there is no doubt about that. She accepts full responsibility for her behaviour and has shown a good level of insight into the effects of that behaviour.”

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