Pursuant to paragraph 13 of Practice Direction: Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court
In relation to COOGL735 on 22 March 2017, at Gloucester County Court I, His Honour Judge Harington, sentenced Daniel Hawkins (“the Respondent”), to an immediate custodial sentence of 42 weeks for contempt of court.
My reasons were that: the Respondent had been the tenant of the Cheltenham Borough Council (“the local authority”), who had obtained an Antisocial Behaviour Injunction against him so as to protect its other tenants and also his Grandmother. The Respondent had then breached the injunction by, on a number of occasions, entering or being at addresses in contravention of the order. And also by causing a nuisance or annoyance to other tenants and in particular to his immediate neighbours. Because of the flagrant manner in which he was disobeying the order, even though he had been given a number of chances, he did eventually receive a 28 day suspended sentence. Despite that, he continued to break the order. Even after the imposition of the suspended sentence order, he was given another chance. Before appearing in front of me his bail was withdrawn because of further breaches. Previously, the suspended sentence had not been activated, despite his subsequent conduct. In the circumstances it seemed to me that I had no alternative but to activate the 28 day sentence and for five further breaches of the injunction, impose upon him a further 14 days, consecutive to the 28 days. The Respondent was, though, given credit for the period he had spent on remand and the effect of my sentence was that he was going to have to remain in custody for a further 11 days.