Woman given jail term over council tax debts

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A WOMAN has been told to pay back thousands in unpaid council tax or go to prison.

Kalaya Anthony was handed a 45-day suspended jail term over £2,794 of tax dating between periods from July 2007 to March 2013.

Havant Borough Council prosecuted the 43-year-old at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court after repeated attempts to claw back the cash.

Chairman of the magistrates Peter Burgess told Anthony: ‘You won’t go to prison today.

‘That suspended prison sentence order will be activated if you don’t pay.’

Anthony, who represented herself, had denied living in a Hayling Island home in 2007 but council officers showed magistrates a single-person council tax discount receipt she signed.

Beauty therapist Anthony, of Dickens Lane, Petersfield, must pay back £50 per month.