A mother-of-nine arrived home to find she had been evicted and her belongings were dumped in a wet garden after her landlord ‘threw their possessions 30ft from a second-floor flat’. Donna Newby, 41, found a memory box with mementos of her tragic baby daughter discarded like a piece of trash along with toys, TVs, a sofa, beds and clothes dumped outside in the rain.
Donna had fallen behind on the rent on the flat in Drylaw, Edinburgh, following a bout of depression after the death of her younger sister in May. Sheriff officers visited the flat, where Donna had lived with her children for nine years, to serve an eviction notice on Wednesday, and the family said the officers witnessed Love agreeing to let the family stay until Sunday. But Landlord David Love, 37, brought three assistants to the flat on Friday and threw everything out. A neighbour said he saw Donna’s possessions being hurled 30ft out of the windows of the second-floor flat.
He added: “I asked for them to spare the kids’ toys and belongings and I was told to ‘f*** off’.” The belongings were dumped on Friday in the garden of neighbour who had recently died. The funeral was being held on the same day that Love turned up. Donna’s family had to search through the piles for items to salvage. Among them were keepsakes from her daughter Leonnaigh, who passed away at five weeks old from a suspected cot death nearly 16 years ago. Donna’s daughter Shannon said: “The memory box had things from the hospital in it and clothes. It was to remember Leonnaigh. It was heartbreaking to see the box lying in the garden.”