Suspended jail term for East Hampshire man over council tax debt

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NOT paying council tax landed a man in court and with a suspended jail sentence.

Sean Commander was taken to court by East Hampshire District Council.

Aldershot Magistrates’ Court heard Commander owed the council around £2,160 in council tax.

The 43-year-old, of Chase Road, Lindford, near Bordon, was sentenced to 45 days in prison.

But the sentence was suspended to enable the debt to be settled by regular weekly instalments.

Magistrates reached their decision after hearing that the council had made every effort to try and assist Commander in paying his council tax.

Brian Wood, revenues manager for East Hampshire, said: ‘It is always regrettable when the council takes court action to recover tax arrears.

‘Court action is taken against relatively few people.

‘There are strict rules governing council tax, ultimately these include commitment to prison and bankruptcy.’