Eviction for 'terrifying' tenant who acted as watchman for drug dealers
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities, Housing, Legal
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A social housing tenant who terrified his neighbours and who harboured gang members in his flat has been evicted.
Residents on Grasmere Road in Tottenham were too scared to testify against Valentino Mambakasa for fear of reprisals.
However, Haringey Council's anti-social behaviour action and legal teams worked with local people to compile a dossier of evidence against the tenant, and a judge at Edmonton County Court granted a possession order.
The court heard how Mambakasa had a history of smoking cannabis, would often allow known gang members into his communal building to smoke drugs and would alert drug dealers if police officers were approaching. He also had a history of rent arrears.
When questioned in court, Mambakasa claimed he had never taken drugs, despite having previously signed an acceptable behaviour contract and admitting in an interview that he regularly smoked cannabis.
He also pointed the finger at other residents, said he had reported anti-social behaviour and claimed the council had allowed troublemakers into his flat's building by failing to fix a communal door.
But his claims were dismissed by the judge, who was satisfied that Mambakasa was a drug user who had caused anti-social behaviour and had colluded with known gang members.
Cllr Richard Watson, cabinet member for communities, said: "Mr Mambakasa had been making residents’ lives a misery for many years – allowing gang members to gather at the Lindales and even keeping lookout for police to protect his friends from being caught.
"Residents were understandably terrified to give evidence in court but we are incredibly grateful to those who found the courage to share their experiences with our anti-social behaviour team so that we could compile enough evidence to secure this eviction.
"We will not stand for anti-social behaviour in Haringey and will always work to protect and support residents whose lives are being blighted by this kind of unacceptable activity."