Man guilty of abusing neighbours

South Ribble Magistrates' Court
South Ribble Magistrates' Court
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A nuisance neighbour has been told to stay away from a couple he harassed.

Christopher Gowan was convicted of harassing the couple who lived next door to him in a campaign of abuse in September and October last year.

In a separate incident, he fired an air rifle at revellers who were enjoying a party late at night in the neighbourhood.

That night he also damaged property belonging to his next door neighbours, Carl and Lisa Whalley.

South Ribble Magistrates’ Court heard Gowan, 46, of Kirkby Avenue, Clayton-le-Woods, shouted abuse at Mr Whalley on several occasions as Mr Whalley went about his business.

After complaining to the police, Mr Whalley was advised to install monitoring equipment to record the harassment, but Gowan then accused his neighbour of spying on his family. In an audio recording played to the court, Gowan can be heard shouting and swearing at his neighbour from the back garden of his semi-detached home.

A CCTV camera also recorded Gowan shining a laser pen at the property.

Gowan is already subject to a five-year ASBO following the incident in which he fired shots at party-goers.

Phillip Potter, prosecuting, said: “It is plain from all the statements that things have gone very badly wrong between the defendant and his neighbours and they have got to the point where there is great difficulty.”

Gowan, who also shouted and swore at Mrs Whalley as she worked as a lollipop lady was given a restraining order and made the subject of a community order with supervision for 18 months.

He must also carry out 80 hours’ unpaid work.