Landlord using security guards to defuse tension at Christchurch flat complex
A nasty neighbourhood dispute has escalated to a point where a security guard has been posted to prevent further altercations.
Convicted fraudster Sharyn Shepherd, also known as Hope Maree Taylor, has allegedly harassed her neighbours, some of them elderly, in a formerly friendly row of flats in Templeton, on the outskirts of Christchurch.
Neighbours claim they have been abused by Shepherd, are frightened to sit outside and fear for their pets after two cats were found dead.
Shepherd, who is in her early 60s, claims she is being harassed by her neighbours and is the victim of a witch-hunt.
Since Stuff’s first article on the Templeton dispute on January 30, Shepherd claims her car has been scratched, her garden poisoned and her fence cut. Other tenants claim their cars have also been damaged.
The flat’s landlord, the Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust, said it could not discuss individuals or active cases, especially “where there are issues that may affect individual privacy or our work to find a resolution”.
“As a responsible landlord, we are staying in touch with the residents as we continue to work with our tenants, residents and other agencies, to identify a resolution.”
Providing the security guard was outside its normal role, however “we believe that while we all continue to work through the issues, this may further help our tenants”.
“We have told the tenants, that we will once again be in contact on Friday, to update them on our progress.”
It has also been revealed that between 2004 and 2007, Shepherd lived in Tobago Cres in Grenada North, a suburb of Wellington. Relations with her neighbours, the Muliipu family, deteriorated quickly and similar allegations to those in the Templeton complex arose.
Shepherd, under the name Taylor, also appeared in the Westport District Court in 2019 on charges of theft and obtaining by deception, arising from what the court described as a crime spree in the North and South Islands.
Judge Michael Turner said Shepherd already had 439 dishonesty convictions.