Pensioner fined for playing loud music in her garden

By on 07/01/2015 in News

A Birmingham pensioner, who repeatedly breached noise abatement orders by playing her radio loudly at her Kings Heath home, was found guilty of three offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court today (7 January 2015).

Satinder Kholi, 72, of Kings Terrace, Kings Heath – who did not attend today’s trial – was fined £400 and ordered to pay court costs of £1,757 and a £40 victim surcharge.

Birmingham City Council brought a second case against Ms Kholi, who had previously been found guilty and fined by magistrates in September 2014 for playing loud music in her house and garden in June 2014.

However, despite the court’s action, Ms Kholi continued to play bhangra music on her radio loudly and environmental health officers received more complaints about noise levels at her home.

An environmental health officer visited the complainant’s home in Kings Terrace on 30 July 2014 and heard loud music coming from Ms Kholi’s home. A tape recorder was installed and recordings made on 6 and 7 August 2014 reached levels that constituted a statutory noise nuisance.

Officers executed a search warrant on 29 August 2014 seized Ms Kholi’s radio, television, laptop and other associated items, the third such seizure of audio equipment at her home since 17 September 2013.

Cllr Barbara Dring, who chairs the city council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said: “Our officers have received numerous complaints about loud music coming from Ms Kholi’s home since April 2013 and she was served with a noise abatement notice in July 2013.  However, offiers continued to receive complaints and, as a result, seized audio equipment from her home on three occasions.

“Despite being asked to turn down the volume, she has repeatedly broken the terms of this notice and shown a lack of respect for her neighbours’ welfare and wellbeing – so I am pleased to hear she’s been found guilty of these offences.”

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