Neighbour framed woman for crimes and 'destroyed' her life

Mark Webb told police that Francis Avis has damaged his car

A man who fell out with his neighbour framed her and saw her wrongly convicted of criminal damage and harassment and lose her job.

Scheming Mark Webb, 42, told police that innocent Frances Avis had damaged his car and threatened to burn down his house.

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He faked letters which he claimed were from Frances to him and his wife admitting to the vandalism and sinister behaviour.

Frances was taken to court and convicted of harassment and criminal damage and given a suspended jail term and fined.

She then became the victim of abuse herself by other neighbours who believed them - and called her a 'psycho house burner' in the street.

But Frances continued to deny all the allegations and Webb has now admitted he made it all up - and forged the letters.

Frances had her conviction quashed and Webb has now admitted four counts of perverting the course of justice at Bristol Crown Court.

Following the conviction Frances said she was was angry "that he's got away with it for so long".

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Frances Avis says Webb has destroyed her connection with her family

She said: "People have been calling me names, 'psycho', 'house-burner'. I've been getting glares. I had two shops I went into recently who wouldn't serve me.

"I just can't believe it has taken so long. It's not just me he's destroyed, it's my family as well - my connection with my family.

"How could somebody treat me like that? Why pick on me?"

Frances and Mark and his wife Susan lived next door to each other in Bath in Somerset and initially got on well.

But at some point they fell out over the couple's dog which Frances used to walk.

Mark Webb then suddenly accused Ms Avis of smashing the front and rear windscreens of his Jaguar.

Mr Webb said the damage racked up to £1,123 and he wrote a letter in October 2015, and addressed it to himself and wife Susan.

The letter referred to an earlier complaint they had made to police about Ms Avis.

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Webb tried to implicate Frances Avis for damaging his Jaguar car with forged notes

It read: "Mark and Susan you never learn. I warned you last time and you got me arrested again.

"They will release me again you idiots, you won't win. I will always have the last laugh.

"Soon you will be burned out and you will be homeless too. Retribution, ha ha."

He signed it, "Fran", with a smiley face.

Another note he claimed to have received, Webb wrote: "Ha ha, how does it feel?

"You made me lose everything. Your pride and joy Jaguar has been destroyed.

"I said you would be homeless soon by flames and that is next. Don't grass me up this time or else."

Frances strongly protested her innocence throughout a trial after being accused of sending five hand-written notes to the married couple.

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Frances strongly protested her innocence throughout trial

During her trial in February 2016 at Bath Magistrates Court the Webbs admitted they had not seen her post the notes through their door, or smash the car windows.

But Frances was convicted of five counts relating to the harassment and criminal damage allegations.

Ms Avis' solicitor warned it would be a "massive miscarriage of justice" to convict her, but it was ignored by magistrates.

Chairman of the bench Jeremy Madams told the court: "We find it significant that only she would have the motive to send them."

Ms Avis retorted from the dock: "You have all got to apologise when you realise it's not me who's been doing it, it's them."

Avis was charged with three counts of harassment breaching a restraining order relating to the incident on October 3 and the two threatening notes.

She was also charged with criminal damage in relation to Mr Webb's ruined Jaguar and threatening to damage or destroy property in the note she sent after smashing it.

Frances denied the five charges but was found guilty of all of them.

She was given a suspended jail sentence of 24 weeks, along with a compensation order of £1,139 and a further £765 court costs.

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Webb was caught out after a handwriting expert cast doubt on the fifth forged letter

Last summer her conviction was annulled by a judge at Bristol Crown Court when the truth came to light.

Mr Webb was caught out when a handwriting expert cast doubt on the legitimacy of a fifth letter.

Ms Avis sobbed in Bristol Crown Court on yesterday as she heard Webb could be put behind bars for his lies when he is sentened at a later date.

Smiling outside the courthouse, Ms Avis said she felt "vindicated".

She planned to return to watch Webb get his punishment on June 1, and said: "I want to see him go through what I had to go through."

The first letter, purported to be from Ms Avis, was forged on October 15, 2015.

The second, purportedly written on behalf of Ms Avis, was forged two months later on December 10, 2015.

A third letter purported to be from one of her parents was written on March 15, 2016, and another purportedly written by Ms Avis herself was written on March 19, 2016.


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