Could you please tell me if the following amounts to slander......
We have nuisance neighbours, whom as a result of a recent argument they were told by the police not to park their vehicle outside our house leaving the rear end of their vehicle overhanging our drive which was making access to our drive difficult!
Our neighbours house is currently mortgaged by themselves but for six months from early 2013 the house was rented out to another couple.
On 20/02/2014 our neighbour parked his car outside our house again and proceeded to wash it. Considering the fact that his own drive was completely free and that he had been told by the police not to do so, this was construed by my partner as goading or possibly incitement!
It would be correct at this stage to point out that we are well aware that we do not own the road space outside our house and we have never expressed in any way that he cannot park his car in that space......however to avoid further confrontation the police have asked him to do the neighbourly gesture and not to park there!
During the argument between our neighbour and Caron (my partner), it was said by him that the previous tenants left the house as a result of our constant arguing that could be heard through the walls. We both know that this accusation is untrue and a complete fabrication due to the fact that we simply do not argue! In the 22 years that we have been together we have had our moments but we generally do not argue!
We have been in touch with the previous tenants concerned and they have confirmed that they have never heard us arguing as claimed by our neighbour, and that it was not the reason for leaving!
In fact our reason for falling out in the first place was because of their constant arguing and potential for domestic violence.
This accusation greatly upset my partner and given the fact that it is untrue and we have witnesses to prove it, I would like to know if his hurtful untrue accusations (of which this is one of several) are tantamount to slander?