2-year ASBI for abusive council tenant

By on 15/11/2010 in News

Birmingham County Court has handed a council tenant from Kings Norton a 2-year anti-social behaviour injunction (ASBI), following incidents of verbal abuse and threatening behaviour towards neighbours.

Birmingham City Council's housing officers that specialise in tackling anti-social behaviour took Miss Susan Kirsch (58) to court following complaints from her neighbours and residents of Aldbourne Way, Kings Norton.

Her order, which carries the power of arrest, will remain in place until 11 November 2012. It prohibits Miss Kirsch from using or threatening to use violence against residents or visitors to Aldbourne Way.

The order also states that she must not cause noise nuisance, with specific reference to shouting, swearing, screaming. She is prohibited from banging on walls and doors so as to cause a nuisance to other residents.

Previous complaints about Miss Kirsch resulted in her giving Birmingham County Court a 12-month undertaking in October 2006, promising to curb her anti-social behaviour.

Reports this year indicated that Miss Kirsch had behaving in a disorderly way, shouting abuse at her 2 neighbours who lived on either side of her home, as well as towards visitors to their properties.

Birmingham City Council immediately secured interim ASBIs against Miss Kirsch and her partner, Mr Oliver Meaney (61), who is a joint council tenant with Miss Kirsch at their home in Kings Norton.  

On November 11, Miss Kirsch was served with her 2 year ASBI. Mr Meaney, who had failed to take steps to prevent the nuisance occurring, gave an undertaking to the court promising that he would abide by the Court's instruction not to engage in anti-social behaviour or create noise nuisance. If he breaks his promise he could be sent to prison for contempt of court.

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is a great result for my officers and I thank the Court for its judgement. It is not fair on law abiding residents to have to put up with the behaviour of mindless, selfish neighbours and I hope Miss Kirsch and Mr Meaney can abide by the court's rulings and curb their unacceptable behaviour, which has made their neighbours’ lives a misery. If the conditions of the ABSI are broken we will look to evict Miss Kirsch and Mr Meaney.

“A majority of tenants do respect each other and I'm glad we only have anti-social behaviour issues with a minority of our tenants. Where there are problems, we will not hesitate to take legal action.”

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Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

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