Drunken chicken-frying council tenant evicted
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal
Drunken chicken-frying tenant evicted
A drunken council tenant who nearly burnt down his flat after passing out while frying chicken is to be booted out of the property.
General nuisance Dean Spencer was a persistent source of anti-social behaviour, Croydon Magistrates’ Court heard.
The pest's home is now the subject of a closure order.
Neighbours reported how Spencer would invite 'street drinkers' back to his flat, and that they were regularly subjected to a tirade of abuse whenever confronted.
One witnesses, an 83-year-old woman who is wheelchair bound, told the court how the noise caused her serious health concerns, and that on two occasions she had to be rushed to hospital to be resuscitated.
Another witness said Spencer and his mates would cause “bedlam” and described the sleepless nights he suffered as “total purgatory”.
Last month, the neighbourhood menace started a serious fire at the property causing considerable smoke damage to the kitchen after he passed out drunk while frying chicken.
The closure order means that nobody can enter the property for the next three months. The council will seek to evict Spencer permanently and repossess the property during the period.
Councillor Mark Watson, cabinet member for safety and justice, said: “Dean Spencer’s neighbours have been through hell. The suffering they had to put up with was completely unacceptable, and nobody should have to tolerate this kind of behaviour.
“They should be applauded for having the bravery to testify in court, which enabled the council to secure this result.
“It now means peace and order can be restored, and serves as a warning to others who engage in anti-social behaviour, that we will come down hard on you and see that you’re removed from your home.”