A WOMAN who played music so loud her furniture shook has been handed a noise abatement order.
Laura Mckay was brought to court by Gosport Borough Council after complaints were made by her neighbours.
However, she failed to turn up to the hearing at Fareham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, October 10, so proceedings went ahead without her and the charges were proved in her absence.
Mckay, of Wilmott Close, Gosport was charged with two counts of failing to comply with a requirement from the council stop playing amplified noise.
The court heard how the incidents, which took place on July 1 and September 19 during the day time, left neighbours tearful and stressed.
A statement was read out in court from PCSO Gemma Broster, which said the 50-year-old had been playing music so loud the furniture in her flat was shaking.
PCSO Broster was called to the flats by a neighbour due to the level of noise. She visited several flats and heard the same loud, bass music emanating from Mckay’s flat.
PCSO Broster spent time with one resident who was upset.
Her statement said: ‘The resident was clearly affected by the noise stating she had not been sleeping properly.
‘She couldn’t hear and I couldn’t speak to her over the noise of the music. She said the lack of sleep had caused her to feel depressed and teary, even making her ill at times.’
When PCSO Broster visited Mckay, she found her alone singing loudly and shouting profanities over the music.
PCSO Broster said: ‘The music was so loud the cabinet in her front room was shaking.’
Prosecuting James Patterson said that Mckay had been served a notice from the council by hand after complaints were made to the council from neighbours about her anti-social behaviour.
Magistrates agreed to grant the council the abatement order and to make her pay a £55 fine, victim surcharge of £20 and court costs of £100.
Speaking after the court case, Ian Richmond, head of environmental health at the council, said the council was in the process of evicting Mckay from her flat and that if she broke the abatement order she could now face a criminal charge, potentially leading to her receiving an Asbo.
Mr Richmond said: ‘It is council house and council property. We prosecute possibly two or three people a year for nuisance. It sends out a message that you cannot make other people’s lives a miserable through noise.’