SOMERSRT - A drug user has been sent to prison for terrorising the residents of a Somerset sheltered housing scheme. Social landlord Yarlington Housing Group took out an injunction order against Kimberley Spencer in December 2013 after she begin frequenting properties at the landlord’s sheltered housing scheme in Yeovil.
The 29-year-old's behaviour included repeated knocking on the doors of vulnerable tenants and asking for money and other items to fund her drug habit. When refused, she would scream cry and shout causing great distress to the residents. The injunction order had to be varied to extend the whole area as Spencer soon turned her attentions to another address. After multiple breaches of the injunction, Yarlington returned to court to ask that Spencer, of no fixed abode, be sent to prison.
At a hearing, Spencer admitted to the majority of the breaches and the case was adjourned for a psychiatric report. During this adjournment period, Spencer returned to Monmouth Road and began hammering on one of the doors, screaming to be let in and threatening to kill the occupant before urinating in the garden.
On 10 September at a hearing at the Yeovil Magistrates' Court, Spencer admitted to the further breaches of the injunction, blaming heavy drug use for her behaviour. She was sentenced to a six-month immediate custodial sentence. Rachel Napper, of Yarlington’s Community Safety Team, said that even though Spencer was not a Yarlington tenant, action was still taken against her to stop her from terrorising our vulnerable residents. She added: “I am very pleased with the sentence passed and I hope it sends a strong message that we will take a zero tolerance approach to this type of behaviour.
“This would not have been achievable if it had not been for the fantastic support from the Police who assisted throughout and members of the community and Yarlington staff who provided statements.”
Dear Drugs-Forum readers: We are a small non-profit that runs one of the most read drug information & addiction help websites in the world. We serve over 4 million readers per month, and have costs like all popular websites: servers, hosting, licenses and software. To protect our independence we do not run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations which average $25. If everyone reading this would donate $5 then this fund raiser would be done in an hour. If Drugs-Forum is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by donating whatever you can today. Donations are currently not sufficient to pay our bills and keep the site up. Your help is most welcome. Thank you.
Man Terrorizing Residents of Affordable Housing Group is Arrested