Man prosecuted for calling a tenant a 'rat'
A man has been handed a suspended jail sentence for calling a woman a ‘rat’, breaking an injunction brought by a housing association.
Michael Harris, 23, of Coppull, in Lancashire, was handed a three month prison sentence by Preston County Court on 16 July for breaking an injunction obtained by Chorley Community Housing.
Mr Harris - who is not a social tenant - approached a female CCH tenant in his local supermarket in March and called her a ‘rat’. CCH had previously secured an injunction preventing him from approaching the woman and from entering the Longfield Avenue area of Coppull. On another occasion Mr Harris was found by police in Longfield Avenue.
The court found that Mr Harris had broken the injunction, and handed him the prison sentence, which will be suspended for 12 months. A fresh injunction has been made which lasts until September 2013.
Debbie Parkinson, tenancy enforcement manager at CCH, said: ‘This is a great result and sends out a clear message to all perpetrators of anti-social behaviour that their behaviour will not be tolerated and that there are consequences.
‘If Mr Harris breaches his injunction order again then he could go to prison for three months.’