Enid Malcom, who lived at her home for nearly four decades, was evicted by council bosses – in a bid to stop anti-social behaviour.
The 90-year-old is said to have been aware of drug dealing in her property which was described as a “crack house” in Highfields, Leicester – a claim which she denies.
This comes after cops discovered crack cocaine, knives and cash at the property after a raid.
Council chiefs applied for the property to be boarded up in a bid to stop violence, disorder and nuisance that was affecting Mrs Malcolm’s neighbours.
“There is enough compelling evidence a person has engaged in disorder and criminal activity at the property”
Chairman of the bench Angela Sharpe
And magistrates in Leicester granted a closure order for three months with chairman of the bench, Angela Sharpe, saying: “There is enough compelling evidence to make us agree that a person has engaged in disorder and criminal activity at the property.
“This does not infer in any way that Mrs Malcolm was involved in any criminal activity.”
Problems began in 2016 after Enid’s husband Pollens died, magistrates heard.
Leicester City Council and Leics Police said the problems were caused by her son George Malcolm, 56, and her cousin, Clyde Wallace, who were living with her.
Enid sat in court shaking her head and loudly tutting as the evidence was presented, Leics Live reported.
Vivienne Sedgley, representing the council, said: “Mrs Malcolm has at least a level of awareness of what is going on.
“The council’s case is that there is drug dealing taking place at the property.
“The property in question was described as a crack house.
“The activities were taking place every day at all hours of the day and there is a serious problem in relation to the property.
“The behaviour is continuing now in the absence of an order.”
The court heard users had been injecting drugs in the street and that there had been burglaries in the area committed by people trying to get money to buy drugs from the home.
Ms Sedgley said: “She is a very capable woman who cares very much for her son George and her cousin Clyde who she says is like son to her.
“She simply must know what is going on.”
Her solicitor, Nigel Hallchurch, said there was ‘nothing to suggest she had anything to do with what went on’.
He added: “There are just vague allegations with no evidence.”
Mr Hallchurch didn’t call Mrs Malcolm to give evidence, but spoke about her statement to the police.
He said: “She refers that she is not involved in any drug dealing, she doesn’t wash the crack, she hasn’t taken any money from anyone and she is not a look out.
“She has mainly been the victim. The evidence that Mrs Malcolm herself has been involved in drug dealing or disturbances is negligible.”
He claimed she had tried to stop the problem behaviour by telling the drug users coming to her house to go away or she would call the police.
Council housing officers attended court with keys to an alternative property for Mrs Malcolm.
Malcolm was given three hours to collect her belongings before the house was boarded up.