Committal for contempt of Court in Open Court in the County Court sitting at Cambridge: Barker

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In The County Court at Cambridge

Claim No.C00CB499

Committal for Contempt of Court

Mr Craig Barker

75 High Street, Great Cambourne, Cambridge

  1. On Tuesday 1 November 2016 Mr Craig BARKER was sentenced by HHJ Moloney QC, sitting in open court at the County Court at Cambridge, to 8 weeks’ imprisonment for contempt of court. The sentence was suspended until 12 October 2017 upon condition that he did not commit any further breaches of the injunction imposed on him by HHJ Yelton at Cambridge on 13 October 2016.
  2. The original injunction was granted on the application of Mr Barker’s landlord and related to anti-social behaviour in and around Mr Barker’s flat in Great Cambourne. A copy was personally served upon him the same day. It included a power of arrest.
  3. Mr Barker was twice arrested under that power, once on 15 October 2016 and once on 19 October 2016. On each occasion he was brought before HHJ Moloney QC and bailed to appear on 1 November 2016. At each bail hearing he was advised as to his entitlement to legal aid and the desirability of obtaining it before the next hearing. However he was not represented on 1 November 2016.
  4. In court, Mr Barker admitted breaching the injunction in three respects
  5. By having unauthorised visitors on 14 October 2016
  6. By having an unauthorised visitor on 15 October 2016
  7. By noise nuisance in the form of a loud telephone conversation outside the flats at 0020 on 19 October 2016.
  8. Having considered Mr Barker’s oral evidence and representations on his own behalf, and bearing in mind that he had been detained in custody over a weekend and that there had been no more recent complaints against him, the Judge concluded that the proper order was a total sentence of 8 weeks’ imprisonment suspended until the expiry of the injunction on 12 October 2017 upon condition that Mr Barker complied with the injunction in the meantime. In addition he was ordered to pay the landlord’s costs.

Judge Moloney QC
1 November 2016