Judge says Gosport man’s drunken abuse was ‘appalling’

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A NIGHTMARE neighbour who made people’s lives a misery has lost his home and been banned from contacting residents.

Recorder Nicholas Rowland branded Gary Makin’s drink-fuelled behaviour ‘appalling’.

Makin was already subject to a restraining order designed to protect two residents at the flats where he lived in Gorselands Way, Gosport, from further harassment at his hands.

Now that order has been extended by two years after he admitted breaching it.

Makin, who has convictions for 143 previous crimes, also pleaded guilty to two counts of intimidation.

Prosecutor Martyn Booth said: ‘[He is] someone who routinely and regularly will shout abuse in a drunken fashion towards various people who live in that location. His intention appears in particular to be aimed towards two complainants in this case who are mentioned in the restraining order.’

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Makin was due to stand trial on September 30 last year in relation to an alleged breach of the order.

But three days before the victims named in it were subjected to about an hour-and-a-half torrent of drunken abuse from Makin, who lived in the same block of flats.

The court heard in mitigation that Makin had served three-and-a-half months in custody and has lost his property.

James Newton-Price, defending, said: ‘I am not seeking in any sense to diminish or reduce the gravity of the offences.’

Mr Newton-Price added: ‘He is planning to get out of the area. He is very well aware he’s got a drink problem.

‘He has had the last three-and-a-half months dry for enforced reasons but obviously he is aware he has got to do something about that.’

Makin was sentenced to 12 months in jail suspended for two years and put under supervision for a year.

He was ordered to take part in an alcohol treatment programme for nine months.

Recorder Nicholas Rowland extended Makin’s restraining order by two years.

It is now due to end in August next year.

Recorder Rowland said: ‘Your near neighbours have no doubt had to put up with a lot from you, and appalling behaviour on September 27.’

He added: ‘Those and others have to be protected from your drunken abuse and threats.’