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Noise row man given court let off

PUBLISHED: 20:51 29 May 2003 | UPDATED: 13:56 03 March 2010

A MAN who pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour and common assault will not have to pay any compensation to the victim.

Jason Beall lived on the middle floor and Craig Hunter on the top floor of a set of flats in Bader Close, Ipswich.

A MAN who pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour and common assault will not have to pay any compensation to the victim.

Jason Beall lived on the middle floor and Craig Hunter on the top floor of a set of flats in Bader Close, Ipswich.

Beall, 22, was accused of playing his music so loud "the walls shook", leading Mr Hunter to complain.

South East Suffolk Magistrates were told how this complaint resulted in Beall being given a one-month eviction notice.

David Taylor, prosecuting, said: "On May 15 Mr Hunter was confronted by Beall who was aggressive. He said he wanted to 'go and sort it out man to man' and he would cause harm to Mr Hunter and his family.

"On May 21 Beall again confronted Mr Hunter and pushed him in the chest. This caused Mr Hunter to stumble but not fall to the ground."

Ian Duckworth, mitigating, said: "This is a classic example of it not just being one-way traffic. Mr Beall would have been there two years in August while Mr Hunter had only been there eight months.

"There have been difficulties between the pair but Mr Beall played his music during the day only. What was later said was in the heat of the moment.

"We all say things and get irate sometimes. He has learnt his lesson after being in custody overnight.

Chair of the bench Bernie Turner said to Beall: "We do urge you to keep calm."

Beall was given a six-month conditional discharge sentence with no order to pay compensation or costs.


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