Loud sex sessions almost land woman in jail
Published 23/01/2010 | 05:00
A woman handed an Asbo for having sex too loudly with her husband escaped a prison sentence yesterday after admitting breaching it within days of it being imposed.
Caroline and Steve Cart-wright's sex life was so loud, the local postman complained.
Cartwright (48) was first hit with a noise abatement notice, and then when she breached that the tougher Asbo was imposed, ordering her to quieten down in the bedroom.
Almost immediately after it was imposed she broke it and then failed in an appeal to have it overturned.
Jobless Cartwright used Article 8 of the British Human Rights Act to argue she had a right to "respect for her private and family life". She also claimed she could not help making the loud noise during sex with her husband at their home in Hall Road, Concord, Washington, Tyne and Wear.
Their love-making was described as "murder" and "unnatural" and drowned out their neighbours' televisions. Neighbours said the Cart-wrights' sex sessions would usually start at around midnight and last for two or three hours, every night of the week.
At an earlier hearing Mrs Cartwright explained she was unable to control the noise she made during sex. "I did not understand why people asked me to be quiet because to me it is normal," she said.
The judge sentenced her to eight weeks in prison suspended for 12 months.