Noisy neighbour given suspended prison sentence

Published: Wednesday, 5th December 2018

A noisy neighbour from Kettering has been one of the first offenders in the country to be handed a suspended prison sentence for noise nuisance.

Patrick O’Sullivan of Rockingham House, Rockingham Close, Kettering, had been served with a Community Protection notice by Kettering Borough Council’s Environmental Protection Officers in August 2017 requiring him to take steps to reduce the impact of loud music and raised voices on neighbours in the block of flats where he lived.

O’Sullivan continued to cause a nuisance and pleaded guilty to breaching the notice in July 2018. He was ordered to pay £1,230 in fines and costs and was subject to a three-year Criminal Behaviour Order, requiring O’Sullivan to not cause a noise nuisance to his neighbours. The court also granted a forfeiture order allowing the council to keep and destroy some of the equipment seized from the property.

The Council’s Environmental Protection Team continued to receive noise nuisance reports and evidence was gathered between the Police and Council Officers and on the Council’s noise recording devices. A further seizure of noise making equipment was carried out at the property and Mr O’Sullivan was summonsed to Court. After failing to attend court, O’Sullivan was arrested in November on the back of a Warrant obtained by Kettering Borough Council. 

Mr O’Sullivan was handed a further fine totalling £3,015, was sentenced to 6 weeks in prison (suspended for 12 months), and is subject to a 9-month Community Order including 20 days Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. He has also lost possession of the majority of items seized from his property.

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:

“This is another successful prosecution following action taken by Kettering Council since anti-social behaviour powers were introduced in 2014. The Environmental Protection team currently have a 100% success rate of convictions in nuisance cases using this legislation and are the first team to obtain a custodial sentence from enforcing a noise complaint, since these powers were introduced.”