‘Living nightmare’ woman stripped off, flashed her breasts and made death and rape threats to stunned neighbors


A woman has been branded a ‘living nightmare’ by her next door neighbors after she paraded around her garden naked and bared her breasts at them in the street during a two year hate campaign.

Lisa Cartmell, 35, stripped off and streaked around her front lawn in full in view of a Bolton couple and their four children – sometimes whilst making threats to kill them.

In one incident Cartmell stood at her window naked as she shouted death threats and at another time she yelled: ”Just you wait and see. When I see you, I’m going to kill you!”

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In a separate incident she repeatedly lifted her top to flash her breast at the couple’s four children as she walked down the street outside her home.

She also threatened to petrol bomb the couple’s property and recruit someone to rape the youngsters.

In a statement, the mum-of-four said: ”Lisa’s behavior has been seriously concerning for my family. I feel like it’s only a matter of time before something happens and I’m living on the edge worried about our safety.

”It’s a constant worry for me because we don’t know what she’s going to do from one day to the next. It is becoming unbearable. Her de ella being abusive and exposing de ella herself makes me frustrated and has had impact on my work as I would come home from work worried whether she will do it again.”

Her husband added: ”For the past two years this woman has been a living nightmare for myself and the whole of my family. My children have at times been too petrified to play out in the back garden because of her behaviour.

”She made threats to my children that she would burn our house down and I was worried she was throwing things into our garden as she was so volatile in the past.

”She always made threats to kill our dogs and one night I saw her emerging from her property naked and heard her shouting and waving her arms in an erratic state.

”I feel angry, frustrated and annoyed and afraid for the safety of my children because of the way she has behaved. Children should not be seeing things like that.”

Bolton Crown Court

Police arrested Cartmell in July last year and charged her with causing a public nuisance by indecent exposure but her guilty plea to harassment was accepted.

Bolton Crown Court heard yesterday (Monday, February 14) that the incidents took place between 2019 and July 2021 after Cartmell moved to a rented property next door to the family.

Timothy Ashmole, prosecuting, said: ”She engaged in inappropriate and threatening behaviour. [The wife] rang police to say the defendant had been in her front garden behaving erratically and chanting about her children being raped. She was also in and out of her house smashing things.

”Later [the wife] was outside watering her plants whilst her children were began playing in the garden when the defendant shouting filthy remarks about the youngsters. The defendant also said she had a gun and she was going to shoot [the wife].

”Such remarks were made every other day. [The wife] described occasions when the defendant exposed herself on the street with her breasts on show whilst the children played out.

Lisa Cartmell who has been branded a ‘living nightmare’ by her next door neighbors

”She also described how the defendant made threats to kill her. On one occasion she got home from work at 10.30pm and saw the defendant standing naked in her front window and banging on the glass of her shouting: ” I’m going to ‘f ****** kill you’.

”She was scared the defendant might go through with her threats one day and she was afraid of Miss Cartmell being around the children. In one incident at 8am [the wife] left her address for work and saw the defendant at her window and heard her shouting: ”Just you wait and see [the wife’s name]. When I see you, I’m going to kill you.”

”[The wife] was scared for both herself and the children’s safety.”

The court head a couple living on the other side of Cartmell’s property would be woken up by her shouting and screeching from inside. When interviewed by police she denied any wrongdoing. She had a previous conviction for racially aggravated harassment.

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In mitigation defense counsel Alistair Reid said his client who has been diagnosed with bipolar and a personality disorder and had been offered new accommodation elsewhere.

He told the hearing: ”She was struggling substantially with her mental health but there was no direct intimidation or attempts to assault anyone. Her behavior from her has not escalated beyond verbal abuse and comments.

Cartmell, of Westland Avenue in Farnworth, appeared via video link from Styal women’s prison in Cheshire.

She was ordered to complete a two-year community order plus a 25 rehabilitation activity requirement days, as well as being ordered to attend a six month mental health programme.

The judge Mr Recorder Simon Hilton told her: ”This was inappropriate and at times threatening and abusive behavior which you showed towards your neighbours.

”There were obscene comments and gestures sometimes in front of the children and on more than one occasion you made threats to kill. [The couple] suffered fear and distress because of what you did to them and held serious concerns about the effect of your behavior on their children. You made their lives a misery and this has left a mark on both of them.”

As sentence was passed Cartmell said: ”Thank you, Your Honor – I won’t do it again.”

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