Dymott, who has now retired, objected to the cockerel’s crowing and claimed he was going to sue them because it had affected the value of his £1 million houseCredit:Solent news He also allegedly called Miss Richardson, who lives with her partner Miss Holland, a “sick witch” and a “psycho”.One one occasion, Miss Richardson claimed, Dymott walked into her driveway and said “don’t you fucking mess with a multi-millionaire. My barrister is going to get you for £50,000 because you have devalued my house”.The couple’s cockerel was eventually killed by neighbours at their request in August 2015, but they got another cockerel that September. This bird also crowed but died in November 2015. “We think he was poisoned,” Miss Richardson added.Dymott denies two charges of harassment.The trial, which is expected to last two days, continues. A neighbour played When a Man Loves a Woman loud enough to be heard by a lesbian couple whose cockerel’s crowing he claimed was devaluing his home, a court heard on Wednesday.Neil Dymott, 56, allegedly launched a campaign of harassment against his country neighbours Helen Richardson and Paula Holland by playing excessively loud music every time their cockerel crowed.Dymott is alleged to have provocatively played the 60s soul hit ‘When A Man Loves a Woman’ at and sworn and shouted at the lesbian couple, Southampton Magistrates Court heard.Giving evidence, Miss Richardson said: “On one occasion he shouted across the road that I was a ‘fucking lezza’ and proceeded to play ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ on repeat for an hour. But mostly it was Radio 2 and Queen music. Paula Holland at Southampton Magistrate’s CourtCredit:Solent News Helen Richardson at Southampton Magistrates’ CourtCredit:Solent News Claire Hook, prosecuting, said: “The cockerel died in November 2015 and the defendant was still convinced they were hiding a cockerel or there was a cockerel on the property.”There was intrusive contact.”Hearing a cockerel would be part of normal countryside but these two victims took the brunt of Mr Dymott’s offence.”Southampton Magistrates Court, Hants, today heard Dymott shouted “shut that cockerel up or I’ll sort you” on a number of occasions when the cockerel crowed. The dispute began when Miss Richardson and Miss Holland took in rescued hens and a cockerel hatched from one of the hens. The retired businessman objected to the cockerel’s crowing and repeatedly threatened to sue them because it had affected the value of his £1 million house which was around 80 yards (73 metres) from their property.After receiving a letter from the council about a neighbour’s noise complaint, the couple moved the cockerel further down the garden, soundproofed the bird’s home and also bought an anti-crowing collar which went around the cockerel’s neck and prevented him crowing by restricting his air flow.Even after the couple’s cockerel was killed, Dymott allegedly continued to harass his neighbours – blaming them for their neighbour’s cockerels, and then for a cockerel crowing in surrounding farmland. “I could hear it clearly – the music, the words – from inside the house.”Police community support officer Vickie Pressey also told the court she attended Dymott’s home in response to a noise complaint in June 2015 and saw a Jaguar on his drive with all the doors and boot open “blaring” out Queen.The court heard Dymott, of Marchwood, Hants, came onto Miss Richardson and Miss Holland’s property and into their garden, taking photos of their home and on one occasion pushed Miss Richardson against a fence, leaving her with a cut on her arm. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.