A bully's punishment

A bully's punishment
Edmond Aviv sits with a sign he made, at a street corner in the Cleveland suburb of South Euclid, Ohio April 13, 2014. Aviv, 62, was ordered by a judge to carry an "I AM A BULLY!" sign on the busy street on Sunday.

An Ohio man who bullied his neighbour was ordered by a judge to carry an "I am a bully" sign on a busy street last Sunday.

Edmond Aviv, 62, called his neighbour "Monkey Mama" as she held her adopted, disabled African-American children, and smeared dog faeces on their wheelchair ramp.

Aviv, who was accused of harassing his neighbour in the Cleveland suburb of South Euclid for more than 10 years, pleaded no-contest to fourth-degree disorderly conduct last month, Reuters reported.

Meting out his punishment, South Euclid Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers sentenced Aviv to spend Sunday on a busy intersection with the placard, which must be "large enough for a normal person to see the sign from 25 feet (7.6m) away."

The judge also sentenced Aviv to 15 days in jail, seven months' probation, 100 hours of community service, anger management classes and mental-health counselling, according to court records.

He also had to publish an apology in a local newspaper to Ms Sandra Prugh, his neighbour of 15 years.

"I want to express my sincere apology for acting irrationally towards your house and the safety of your children," Aviv wrote.

"I understand my actions could have caused harm, but at that time I was not really thinking about it."

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