Alcoholic who can’t be evicted escapes jail term for three year campaign of abuse

Bournemouth Echo: Alcoholic who can’t be evicted escapes jail term for three year campaign of abuse Alcoholic who can’t be evicted escapes jail term for three year campaign of abuse

AN ALCOHOLIC who threatened to kill a woman’s cat in a three-year campaign of abuse has been spared jail.

Christopher Dicks, of Lyndhurst Road, Hinton St Admiral, verbally abused employees of Meyrick Estate Management Ltd, a court heard.

The 53-year-old is a protected tenant living in house neighbouring the company’s offices and could not be evicted even after he shouted at staff.

Prosecuting, Richard Tutt said the defendant was first sentenced to a two-year restraining order that prohibited him from entering the area in October 2011, but he went on to breach that on a number of occasions including five times in the last year.

He approached one woman on a number of occasions, telling her that if she upset his mother again, she’d “go through the window”.

At one point he said to the woman: “Keep looking over your shoulder – your time has come.”

“He also made threats to kill her cat,” the prosecutor said.

Dicks, who denied harassing or verbally abusing the woman and a colleague during initial interviews with the police, eventually admitted a single count of breaching a restraining order at Bournemouth Crown Court.

During the incident, he approached the office window of the company’s chief executive, Paul Hanson, before “leering” at him and saying: “You need to get another job, I’m going to have you.”

Mitigating, Nick Robinson said Dicks had been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the offences, but had been making good progress with an alcohol treatment programme and had not reoffended in the last six months.

Judge John Harrow said to Dicks: “This behaviour has to stop. You are not just a nuisance, but causing upset and distressing members of staff.”

Dicks was sentenced to five months in prison, suspended for two years, after admitting the breach.

The judge told Dicks that he faces jail if the order is breached again.

Dicks must also perform 80 hours of unpaid work within 12 months.

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1:42pm Mon 14 Jul 14

asj says...

what a charming fellow.
what a charming fellow. asj
  • Score: 27

1:49pm Mon 14 Jul 14

power_ranger says...

What a Dick.
What a Dick. power_ranger
  • Score: 37

2:46pm Mon 14 Jul 14

skydriver says...

Justice at its best.......not.
I wonder how the sentence would have gone if it had been next door the judge Harrow...........2 years inside I bet without question, and certainly not suspended.
Justice at its best.......not. I wonder how the sentence would have gone if it had been next door the judge Harrow...........2 years inside I bet without question, and certainly not suspended. skydriver
  • Score: 19

2:48pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Ragwin says...

You'd think Hinton St Admiral would be a very quiet village with no issues. But perhaps being too quiet becomes an issue.
You'd think Hinton St Admiral would be a very quiet village with no issues. But perhaps being too quiet becomes an issue. Ragwin
  • Score: 0

2:50pm Mon 14 Jul 14

RageAgainstTheMachine says...

We used to live on the edge of Bourne Estate! There was a female nightmare,constantly drunk neighbour of ours with children! She terrorised the neighbourhood and in the end they banned her from her own house and from entering the area! She wasn't evicted and the social still paid the rent amazingly! After a year as long as she behaved she was allowed to move back and carry on. These people should all be stuck on an island and terrorise each other as they deserve all the S@@@ ten fold for the abuse they give the poor people that live in fear from them!
We used to live on the edge of Bourne Estate! There was a female nightmare,constantly drunk neighbour of ours with children! She terrorised the neighbourhood and in the end they banned her from her own house and from entering the area! She wasn't evicted and the social still paid the rent amazingly! After a year as long as she behaved she was allowed to move back and carry on. These people should all be stuck on an island and terrorise each other as they deserve all the S@@@ ten fold for the abuse they give the poor people that live in fear from them! RageAgainstTheMachine
  • Score: 37

3:44pm Mon 14 Jul 14

churchill gardens resident says...

And yet Bournemouth pensioners are being thrown out on the streets. What is wrong with society today?
And yet Bournemouth pensioners are being thrown out on the streets. What is wrong with society today? churchill gardens resident
  • Score: 18

3:59pm Mon 14 Jul 14

FerryFan says...

I do believe that if you are a protected tenant, you are given a lot more security of tenure than assured shortholds where a landlord doesn't have to give a reason. But if you engage in antisocial behaviour think there may be grounds for eviction, along with other exceptions, so why weren't these powers invoked if this is the case?
I do believe that if you are a protected tenant, you are given a lot more security of tenure than assured shortholds where a landlord doesn't have to give a reason. But if you engage in antisocial behaviour think there may be grounds for eviction, along with other exceptions, so why weren't these powers invoked if this is the case? FerryFan
  • Score: 15

4:39pm Mon 14 Jul 14

ol'bag lady says...

How do you become a protected tenant?
How do you become a protected tenant? ol'bag lady
  • Score: 10

5:11pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes says...

ol'bag lady wrote:
How do you become a protected tenant?
Yeah good question. I'm interested…
[quote][p][bold]ol'bag lady[/bold] wrote: How do you become a protected tenant?[/p][/quote]Yeah good question. I'm interested… Bournesouthmouth Downpokes
  • Score: 10

5:23pm Mon 14 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

Seems to me that if you abuse yourself it's ok to abuse others.
Seems to me that if you abuse yourself it's ok to abuse others. BIGTONE
  • Score: 2

5:45pm Mon 14 Jul 14

boby says...

sounds like the same person at avon farm cottages , avon near Ringwood who has assaulted his neighbours. Been convicted and has harrassed, them to death.
sounds like the same person at avon farm cottages , avon near Ringwood who has assaulted his neighbours. Been convicted and has harrassed, them to death. boby
  • Score: 3

6:16pm Mon 14 Jul 14

MMM444 says...

A right Dick head, evict the clown, the laws a joke
A right Dick head, evict the clown, the laws a joke MMM444
  • Score: 5

8:17pm Mon 14 Jul 14

S,Bowes says...

It's why there are vigilnities....
It's why there are vigilnities.... S,Bowes
  • Score: 5

9:37pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Bob49 says...

Ragwin wrote:
You'd think Hinton St Admiral would be a very quiet village with no issues. But perhaps being too quiet becomes an issue.
ishhooooooooooos ?

yes, far better than being honest and calling them what they really are ......

....... problems
[quote][p][bold]Ragwin[/bold] wrote: You'd think Hinton St Admiral would be a very quiet village with no issues. But perhaps being too quiet becomes an issue.[/p][/quote]ishhooooooooooos ? yes, far better than being honest and calling them what they really are ...... ....... problems Bob49
  • Score: 1

10:48pm Mon 14 Jul 14

kburke says...

If he went to prison surely his rent wouldn't be paid and that would be a reason to get him evicted.
If he went to prison surely his rent wouldn't be paid and that would be a reason to get him evicted. kburke
  • Score: 1

11:35pm Mon 14 Jul 14

RM says...

Three years of abuse & he gets a suspended sentence? What a waste of space & money our Courts & judges have become.
Three years of abuse & he gets a suspended sentence? What a waste of space & money our Courts & judges have become. RM
  • Score: 4

3:10am Tue 15 Jul 14

portia6 says...

RM wrote:
Three years of abuse & he gets a suspended sentence? What a waste of space & money our Courts & judges have become.
Make him wear suspenders!
[quote][p][bold]RM[/bold] wrote: Three years of abuse & he gets a suspended sentence? What a waste of space & money our Courts & judges have become.[/p][/quote]Make him wear suspenders! portia6
  • Score: -2

10:44am Tue 15 Jul 14

hadvar says...

S,Bowes wrote:
It's why there are vigilnities....
I'm always completely astonished at the restraint shown by the public. In the face of this kind of 'justice' you'd have thought there would be many more cases of people taking their security and well being into their own hands, rather than relying on the authorities when people like this seem to be untouchable. There is an old saying from Glasgow : '3 strong men make a safe street'. Why we dont see more collective action, I honestly dont know.
[quote][p][bold]S,Bowes[/bold] wrote: It's why there are vigilnities....[/p][/quote]I'm always completely astonished at the restraint shown by the public. In the face of this kind of 'justice' you'd have thought there would be many more cases of people taking their security and well being into their own hands, rather than relying on the authorities when people like this seem to be untouchable. There is an old saying from Glasgow : '3 strong men make a safe street'. Why we dont see more collective action, I honestly dont know. hadvar
  • Score: 1
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