A COUPLE have successfully sued a golf course after their dream home was bombarded by hundreds of bullets for four years.
Erik and Athina Tenczar bought their Kingston, Massachusetts home for $750,000 four years ago, thinking it would be a great place to raise their three children.
But in the meantime, they picked up nearly 700 balls, suffered shattered windows, dented siding and booming golf balls from the nearby golf course, turning their family home into a “nightmare”.
It got so bad that they even built a bulkhead to protect a small part of their deck from flying objects.
The couple decided to take legal action and sued their neighbors at the Indian Pond Country Club for trespassing over the continued bombardment, reports the Boston Globe.
In December, a jury in Plymouth Superior Court awarded the Tenczars $3.5 million for damages and emotional and mental suffering following a six-day trial.
This price totals $4.9 million when interest is included.
“We’re still on edge,” Erik Tenczar, 43, told the newspaper. “It’s been emotionally draining for us.”
On one occasion, the window above the playroom was banged on, throwing shards of glass at the toys.
Recently, he reports, a bridge railing was knocked down.
“Honestly, if you have all these houses on one course, I assumed it was safe,” said Athina Tenczar, 36.
The family tried to call the country club, but said they got little response.
They also called the cops, but the family was told there was not much law enforcement could do except call the club.
So the family hired a lawyer and filed a lawsuit.
“They bought what they thought was their dream home,” Tenczars attorney Bob Galvin told the newspaper. “And it became a nightmare for them.”
Country club lawyer John Flemming told the newspaper that the owners of the land had taken steps by consulting an architect to try to find a solution.
He disputed that the golf course was unresponsive to the Tenczars, the report said.
The country club has since repaired the course’s 15th tee and the Tenczars haven’t seen a golf ball on their property in months.
The country club’s lawyers, however, intend to file an appeal, according to the Globe.
“In my view, as a matter of law, the verdict of $3.5 million for alleged emotional distress flies in the face of the weight of the evidence,” Flemming said.
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