Morrison 'thought harassment would never end'

Morrison 'thought harassment would never end'

Former children’s publisher Alison Morrison, who died after an attack in which she was stabbed 33 times, thought harassment from her neighbour would “never end”, a court has heard.

Morrison, 45, from Harrow, died as she made her way to work on 18th December 2014.

Trevor Gibbon, 48, is accused of murdering Morrison and is currently standing trial at the Old Bailey. He denies murder, but has admitted killing Morrison, saying he was suffering an "abnormality of mental functioning" which impaired his ability to form rational judgement.
 
In a second day of evidence, the Old Bailey heard yesterday (16th June) how Gibbon had pleaded guilty to harassing Morrison’s family and was issued with a restraining order the day before Morrison was killed, the BBC reported.

In a statement from the earlier magistrates’ court case, Morrison said the “constant unending harassment", which began following a dispute over the noise caused by her son's skateboard, was draining. In handwritten notes read out at the Old Bailey Morrison said the police did not initially believe her after she complained about how Gibbon was treating her family. She said: "It felt like I was being stalked, that any time [my husband] Cedric or my son left or returned to the house he was waiting and watching for us and planning what he would do next."

Morrison also said she was forced to install £2,000 of CCTV equipment and buy a camera for her husband's bike helmet because of the harassment.

She added: "I have suffered a great financial loss to protect my family from my neighbour and to make sure they are safe."

The case continues.