A ROTHERHAM man has been jailed for four weeks and banned from his father’s house for two years after he threatened to slit a neighbour’s throat.
Shaun Gleadhall of Garbroads Crescent, Thrybergh, was found to be in contempt of court for breaching an anti-social behaviour injunction when he made the threat.
Rotherham County Court heard on Monday how Gleadhall was originally given the injunction in April, 2011, for harassing neighbours who lived either side of his father’s property.
The injunction ordered Gleadhall not to shout, swear or verbally abuse the neighbours, and to refrain from banging and playing loud music.
However, Rotherham Council’s Community Protection Unit took him back to court for breaching the injunction nine times between April and July last year.
Following a trial on December 1, Gleadhall was found to have breached the injunction on all nine occasions. The court heard evidence from neighbours who described how he deliberately dropped his trousers in view of a female neighbour and threatened to slit her throat. This was caught on CCTV.
Despite hearing that Gleadhall had lived at his fathers’ address all his life, the court found the breaches to be so serious he was not only sent to prison for four weeks but was also told to leave and stay away from the family home for two years.
Jenny Swales, an Anti-Social Behaviour Officer for Rotherham Council, described the case as “very traumatic” for the neighbours. She said: “The neighbours showed remarkable courage in giving evidence throughout this long-running case and we hope the action taken by the council will allow them to live their lives without this frightening abuse and harassment.”
In mitigation, Miss Laura Cawsey told the court that Gleadhall had lived at the property all his life and would find it hard to find other accommodation, adding that Gleadhall and his father were reliant on each other.
But District Judge Bellamy said there had been deliberate and flagrant breaches of the injunction.
Coun. Rose McNeely, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer Neighbourhoods, said she hoped the case would act as a warning and a deterrent to other people who commit anti-social behaviour.