Climber ‘known for his noise’

2013-08-28 00:00

WHILE neighbours of well-known mountaineer Sean Wisedale accuse him of being a bully in the area, he maintains that his neighbour’s noisy tenants are actually the ones disturbing his peace.

Following Wisedale’s arrest on the weekend on charges of drunken driving, malicious damage to property and public disturbance, some of his neighbours also allege that he has been tormenting them for years.

Wisedale was the first South African to conquer the summit of the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

The man whose gate Wisedale allegedly crashed into on Sunday said although he has never met Wisedale or witnessed the latest incident, he has heard him shouting and making noise occasionally.

This neighbour was greeted with the sight of his gate lying on the road when he returned home on Sunday evening.

Another neighbour said Wise­dale woke them up around 6.30 am on Sunday with his screaming — not for the first time — and then it went quiet again.

But around 7 am, they heard Wisedale ’s garage door opening and closing repeatedly before he finally drove out.

Then this neighbour, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of victimisation, said she saw Wisedale accelerating and crashing into the gate.

Wisedale screams and uses bad language, this neighbour said.

“He screams so badly and wakes us up early in the morning and you’d think someone is murdered and you call the police.” His noise also disturbs children who are studying for exams, she said.

Another woman in the neighbourhood said they are scared of Wisedale because they feel threatened.

But Wisedale says he only “screams at them many times because of the noise they’re making. The noise is so bad, you can hear everything, as if they’re living in the next room,” he said.

He disputed claims that he is moving out of the neighbourhood. “I am not leaving my home. You can’t just up and leave, that’s unreasonable. I have bought land in Umdloti and intend to move there at a later stage.”

He denied that he was a bully and that he threatens the residents.

“I don’t whinge about everything. I climb big mountains,” Wisedale concluded.

“I am not famous. I am just an ordinary person having problems with my neighbours.”

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