Hatfield neighbour in court for playing Michael Jackson tracks
A MICHAEL Jackson fan who blasted the superstar’s music throughout the night was ordered to pay �2,400 by magistrates.
Nyakugninya Kanengoni disturbed neighbours in south Hatfield with his excessive noise for almost a year.
The 32-year-old from Cotton Field was taken to court by Welwyn Hatfield Council after complaints.
On one night last August environmental health officers heard hits Thriller, Beat It, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, Rock With You, and some Caribbean music all played loud enough to prevent sleep.
Kanengoni failed to appear at Watford Magistrates’ Court to hear the case against him.
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The court heard the council had previously served a noise abatement notice in January 2009, but complaints continued to be received.
The stereo was seized and evidence of five out-of-hours visits were presented to magistrates.
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Kanengoni was found guilty of failing to comply with a noise abatement notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
He was ordered to pay a fine of �525 and court costs of �1,875.
Cllr Mandy Perkins said: “I’m very pleased this prosecution was a success.
“It sends an important message to noise making offenders – their behaviour will not be tolerated.
“In most cases, people are receptive to our involvement and turn the volume down and we do not need to resort to court action.”
“We all like to enjoy ourselves but people should remember that unreasonable, excessive or distressing noise from things like TVs, parties, music or animals can cause disturbed sleep and even illness for their neighbours.”