Nuisance neighbour sent to prison

Release Date: 08-Feb-2010
A Wilton man has been sent to prison for breaching an antisocial behaviour injunction.

KNH applied for the injunction against Philip Holroyd, aged 38 and formerly of Oakhill Road, on 1 May 2009 for repeated and sustained antisocial behaviour that included noise nuisance and the use of foul and abusive language.

The injunction banned Holroyd from his home and street. However, he repeatedly ignored the order so was arrested on 12 May 2009.

At a court hearing on 26 June, Holroyd denied breaking the injunction, but was found to be guilty and was sentenced to 28 days imprisonment, suspended until the end of the original injunction order.

However, Holroyd broke the injunction again in September, October and December 2009, and was again arrested, despite trying to hide behind what was described in court as a a pre-prepared "bolthole".

On 3 February 2010, he appeared at Halifax County Court, where he admitted five separate breaches of the order. He was sentenced to 56 days imprisonment for each breach to run concurrently, and the suspended sentence was activated to run consecutively, giving him a total of 84 days imprisonment.

Robert Weavill, a community protection officer with KNH, has worked on the case throughout. He said: “We always try to work with people to resolve these kinds of cases but Holroyd’s behaviour became so bad that we had to take legal action.

“The support of witnesses made it much easier to take this case to court and I’d like to thank everyone who has helped us. I hope the prison sentence gives Holroyd’s neighbours some well-deserved respite and I’d like to assure them that we won’t hesitate to act again if he returns to the area to cause trouble.”

Paul Buckley, KNH's Director of Neighbourhoods, said “Antisocial behaviour is an issue all over the country and in every kind of community. Although 99% of our tenants want to just get on with their lives and be good neighbours, we do have a minority who seem determined to cause trouble.

“The judge has given Holroyd a considerable sentence, which I hope convinces him that we won’t tolerate his kind of behaviour on our estates. But if not, then we’ll do whatever we can to make sure he doesn’t cause any more problems for his neighbours.

Cllr Shabir Pandor, the Cabinet member responsible for housing, said: “We take antisocial behaviour very seriously and we will take serious action over perpetrators who think they can terrorise neighbourhoods at the expense of people who are peaceful and law abiding citizens.''

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