A woman who was banned from making loud noises during sex has lost an appeal against her conviction.
Caroline and Steve Cartwright’s love-making was described as “murder” and “unnatural” at Newcastle Crown Court.
Neighbours, the local postman and a woman taking her child to school complained about the noise.
Mrs Cartwright, 48, from Washington on Wearside, lost the appeal against a conviction for breaching a noise abatement notice.
She argued she had a right to “respect for her private and family life” under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act. …
Next door neighbour Rachel O’Connor told the court she was frequently late for work because she overslept having been awake most of the night because of the noise.
She said: “The noise sounds like they are both in considerable pain. I cannot describe the noise. I have never ever heard anything like it.”
The court heard Sunderland City Council recorded levels of up 47 decibels.
Mrs Cartwright was appealing against the abatement notice, which was imposed in November 2007, and a subsequent Asbo, banning the couple from “shouting, screaming or vocalisation at such a level as to be a statutory nuisance”.
Sound proof the house?