Menace neighbour smeared mud on windows – and asked to search woman’s bin

Jeffrey Khan, leaves South Tyneside Magistrates Court
Jeffrey Khan, leaves South Tyneside Magistrates Court

A MAN who made his neighbour’s lives “a misery” by conducting a campaign of harrassment against them, has been warned he’ll be locked up if he bothers them again.

Jeffrey Khan tried to barge into a disabled neighbour’s home on New Year’s Eve, smeared mud on his living room window, shouted abuse at a second neighbour and asked her if he could search through her bins.

You have made these people’s lives a misery

District Judge Helen Cousins

Khan, of Arran Drive, Jarrow, admitted two counts of harassment when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The 44-year-old, who wept throughout the hearing, was given a restraining order barring him from contacting both victims.

The court heard that one of the injured parties, Joseph Payne, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and requires the use of a mobility scooter, had suffered abuse at Khan’s hands for three years.

Khan was given a Police Information Notice in May 2014, warning him about his behaviour towards Mr Payne, but on December 31, last year, he launched a volley of abuse at Mr Payne after being refused entry to his home.

Christopher Kay, prosecuting, said: “After he was given the notice by police, there was a long period of no contact.

“Then, on New Year’s Eve, he attended Mr Payne’s address in a drunken state and tried to barge into the house, saying he wanted to apologise for his previous behaviour. He was refused entry and started shouting and swearing at Mr Payne.

“On February 18, Mr Payne saw Khan on his driveway, rubbing mud on his windows.

He was confronted by Mr Payne’s wife and swore and said “I hate you”. The police were called and Khan was later arrested.

In a statement read out in court, Mr Payne said: “I have lived here for 20 years and for 17 years there was no trouble until Khan moved in. He is constantly drunk, which makes him abusive and aggressive. I just want him to stop. I have feared for my safety.”

Khan was also charged with harassing Kayleigh Kenrick, who lives in the flat below him. The court heard he constantly threw himself to the floor of his flat, causing her ceiling to crack, and knocked on her door to ask if he could look through her bins.

On one occasion, he shouted at her from his flat, using abusive language and telling her he had lived in the area longer and she should leave if she didn’t like it.

Defending, Laura Croft, said Khan had himself been the victim of abuse from people in the street and suffers from mental health issues.

Miss Croft said: “He is desperate to move out of that property and make a fresh start. It is not in anybody’s interests for him to live there.”

District Judge Helen Cousins said: “You have made these people’s lives a misery.

“If you breach the restraining orders you will end up back in court and I promise you I will send you to prison.”

Khan was given a 12-month community order and given restraining orders barring him from contacting his neighbours.

Khan also admitted two separate criminal damage charges from September 10, in which he smashed a window at a house on Beufront Terrace and damaged a window at a home in Egglesfield Road with a spade.

He was ordered to pay £350 compensation for the damage caused.