ASBO Pensioner Admits Third Breach Of Order For Making Too Much Noise

PUBLISHED: 15:30 19 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:13 04 May 2010

AN ASBO pensioner who has made his neighbours lives a misery by playing Tom Jones CDs and shouting abuse, has admitted a THIRD breach of his anti-social behaviour order. Sixty-nine-year-old Patrick Hassaen was back before Ely magistrates on Thursday, whe

AN ASBO pensioner who has made his neighbours' lives a misery by playing Tom Jones CDs and shouting abuse, has admitted a THIRD breach of his anti-social behaviour order.

Sixty-nine-year-old Patrick Hassaen was back before Ely magistrates on Thursday, when reports were ordered on him.

"It is clear this ASBO is not working," said presiding magistrate Maggie Holling.

Hassaen, who lives in a flat in Wheatsheaf Close, Ely, was first given the anti-social behaviour order back in August of last year, because he delivered torrents of abuse and foul language towards his neighbours.

The ASBO prohibits him from:

* Making any unreasonable noise, and shouting or swearing inside his house so loudly that is causes harassment, alarm or distress to neighbours.

* Abusing any person verbally or in writing.

A month after being given the ASBO, Hassaen breached it by playing Tom Jones music at full blast. When he admitted that breach, Hassaen was ordered to pay £50 compensation to a neighbour, and fined £85 with £85 costs.

On February 4, Hassaen was back in court to admit a second breach of the ASBO. He had played loud music while stamping his feet, shouting and swearing. His behaviour had caused harassment and distress to neighbours Pamela Craft and Valerie Duncan on October 23.

This week, Hassaen admitted the third breach, he had shouted, sworn and made unreasonable noise on February 3. Prosecutor Laura Mardell said Hassaen banged on the ceiling of his flat, and shouted abuse until the police were called.

Neighbour Pamela Craft told magistrates in a statement: "This would be a nice peaceful place to live if it was not for this man,"

Representing Hassaen in court this week, Anne Gray said: "Sanctuary Hereward knows that my client could be given an eviction notice, but they are holding fire."

A number of council and housing officers had met to discuss the possibility of finding Hassaen alternative accommodation.

"He admits he does make noise and speaks loudly, and plays loud music," she added.

The case was adjourned until March 11.


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