Woman Jailed for Breaching Behaviour Injunction

Council acted after repeated anti-social behaviour

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A woman has been jailed for six months for repeatedly breaching an anti-social behaviour injunction (ASBI), following a successful prosecution by Ealing Council.

The council joined forces with Ealing Homes and the Acton Safer Neighbourhood Team to serve the ASBI on Samantha O’Gorman, 35, in 2008. She appeared at Brentford County Court on Thursday, 23 October, where she admitted that on 30 September she had breached her ASBI, which orders her to steer clear of an area in and around the South Acton Estate. The court also found her guilty of two further breaches on 5 and 8 October this year.

She had already been jailed for four and a half months in March for breaching the injunction.

The injunction bans her from:
• entering or being within the area of the South Acton Estate
• loitering or sleeping in the communal areas of any residential block of dwellings within the area of the estate
• using such communal areas to urinate or defecate
• being in possession of or leaving any drugs paraphernalia in such communal areas

Councillor Vlod Barchuk, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, said: “Injunctions like this are designed to protect residents from those few people who make life unpleasant for others. We work hard so people can feel safe and I am pleased with the court’s decision. We will not put up with any form of anti-social behaviour.”



October 29, 2009