Penryn nuisance neighbour's behaviour was a 'cry for help'
NEIGHBOURS of a notorious nuisance who was jailed for breaching an Asbo have said she was a "menace to herself" and her actions were a cry for help.
Residents of West Street, Penryn, hope the six-week sentence being served by Jennifer Mary Stamp, 47, will mean she finally gets the help she needs.
Stamp admitted at Truro Magistrates' Court on September 26 to breaching an Asbo and a community order.
She also breached the Asbo three other times in less than a month by playing loud music, to the annoyance of her neighbour, and drinking to excess.
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Charlie Derry rents the house opposite Stamp and said: "So now we can get a good night's sleep and we don't have to worry if she is going to be up all night making noise."
Dave Wilkinson, who also lives opposite, said: "I know she's got problems. She's been in prison before.
"Maybe she wasn't getting the right help. I think it was a cry for help."
A former resident, who asked not to be named but lived directly opposite Stamp until August, said: "She does not need prison, she needs help. She needs some care. She is clearly very unhappy.
"She used to scream at herself and hold conversations with three different personas.
"In July she played loud music for 12 days and nights straight, with fits of screaming. Some neighbours with kids were begging her to stop.
"I don't think she really understands what she is doing."
Neighbour Don Graham said: "She was a nuisance," adding that, on one occasion, he saw Stamp sitting in the middle of the road at 2am.
"She is a menace to herself," he said. "The speed that cars come around this corner, she could have been killed."
Ms Derry said: "I don't know how much of a difference it will make her being in prison.
"She has been in prison for two weeks before and she started up again straight away after coming out.
"I'm hoping it will make an improvement but I don't think it will happen."
Stamp was arrested on August 16 after police entered her house following a complaint about noise.
She later pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates' Court to breaching an Asbo with a condition not to create excessive noise while inside her property.
Gail Hawkley, for the prosecution, said there had been several breaches of the Asbo already.