Man jailed after months of harassing neighbours

Posted on 4th October 2017
John Doherty 05.03.82

A man from Overseal who systematically harassed and intimidated several neighbours for over a year has been jailed.

John Doherty of Woodville Road was sentenced on Thursday, September 28 to 38 weeks imprisonment after being found guilty of harassment.

The 35-year-old was also given a five year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO). This order prevents Mr Doherty from doing a number of things including having any outdoor fires, blocking access to vehicles and operating outdoor machinery.

Sergeant Graham Summers from Swadlincote Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Mr Doherty carried out his harassment campaign directed at his neighbours including verbally abusing and threatening them, filling sewage pipes with concreate and building a wall to cover their window.

“Mr Doherty tried to prevent Severn Trent from making repairs and due to this our officers were required to escort their staff.

“This has been a difficult investigation due to the nature of this man’s attitude and tactics. He thought that he was untouchable, but through a careful and diligent investigation by PC John Anwar and PC Bill Crerar the evidence was gathered and put to the court.

“We worked closely with Claire Rawlins at South Derbyshire District Council who worked on the CBO and provided the information to the court. This case highlights strong partnership working and how this can have positive results by bringing someone to justice.”


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