Committal for Contempt of Court in Open Court at the County Court sitting at Lambeth: Reed

|Contempt of Court

Pursuant to paragraph 13 of Practice Direction: Committal for Contempt of Court-Open Court.

In case number B00BT899 the London Borough of Barnet -v- Neil Reed, on 20 May 2016 whilst sitting at Lambeth county court, I sentenced Neil Reed to a suspended custodial sentence of 8 weeks, suspended until 15 July 2017 because on 15 July 2015 he had breached an injunction granted on 2 July to forbid him from photographing, filming or recording residents, members of families, and/or visitors to Balfour Grove London N20 OSJ by recording 4 of his neighbours by directing his CCTV in their direction. A prison sentence was justified because Mr Reed had been warned several times previously by the Claimant and the police not to film his neighbours, it took place within 2 weeks of service of the order upon him, he failed to admit the breach on arrest, or in a witness statement for the committal hearing, only making the admission at court on 27 August 2015. I suspended the sentence because the recording lasted for only a few minutes, it caused no specific harm to the victims, there was no evidence of any subsequent recordings, and he made representations to the court through his Counsel that he had taken down the CCTV and submitted to an order that he would not reinstall it

District Judge Burn
Lambeth county court
20 May 2016