Saturday, 7 July 2012
Roy West’s injunction hearing adjourned until January
Mr West was told at his hearing on Thursday (6th July) that he must return in January to Tameside County Court where his conduct will be judged. The Judge made it quite plain that he faced jail if he continued in his behaviour towards his neighbours, described by the judge as “utterly childish”, warning that if he did not behave sensibly he should “bring his toothbrush” to the January Hearing.
The judge, however, was equally scathing, if not more so, towards The New Charter case. Commenting on the injunction he criticised it as being too wide in its scope and of protecting New Charter from legitimate criticism. He was “disappointed” with new Charter for not revealing earlier than they did that the neighbours of Mr West were not tenants but owner occupiers, which led him to wonder why New Charter were involved, commenting that he would have thought that New Charter would have other, more serious, cases to worry about.
He declared that the injunction was a “waste of my time” and should “never have been introduced” The Judge removed the power of arrest from the injunction and restricted it to apply only to his neighbours and their children.
Earlier in the hearing the matter or Cllr Taylor’s complaint of harassment was raised in relation to Roy’s filming of the Councillor. The Judge remarked that Cllr Taylor should “Grow a thicker skin”