Farmer found guilty of sabotaging brother

Aug. 19, 2008 at 6:49 PM
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LONDON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A rural Stoke Wake, England, farmer has been found guilty of causing $14,000 worth of damage to his brother's property during a six-year intimidation campaign.

Jonathon Griffin, 42, was given a 15-month suspended jail sentence by Dorset County Judge Christopher Makey and ordered to complete 280 hours community service and pay a $3,000 fine after he was convicted of donning camouflage gear, face paint and night-vision goggles on several occasions to sneak onto land owned by his older brother David, 52, and damage property, The Telegraph reported Tuesday.

The court heard Griffin slashed the tires of seven tractors and damaged radiators and fuel pipes during his six year crusade against his brother.

Prosecutors and authorities said Griffin began committing the crimes after his father left the family farm to the elder son.

"There was a longstanding feud between the two brothers which stemmed from their late father's will," said Dorset Police Constable Peter Moore, who investigated the case. "David Griffin inherited a part of the farm and that led to jealousy issues on Jonathon's part which culminated in this vendetta of criminal damage."

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