A former BBC employee has been sent to jail for 120 days after making his neighbours’ lives a misery by repeatedly howling – like a WOLF.
Patrick Simpson, 65, kept families near his home up all night by howling, shouting and swearing in the early hours.
Magistrates convicted Simpson of two harassment offences in 2011 and was slapped with a restraining order banning him from contacting his immediate neighbours.
But Simpson, from Folkestone, Kent, admitted breaching the order in February and April this year and was jailed for 120 days at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday.
Judge Nigel Van Der Bijl told Simpson: “Each time you come before a court the sentence will get higher and higher.
“When you come out of prison pull yourself together.”
Jim Harvey, prosecuting, told the court: “Throughout the early part of April every night from 1am Simpson was banging on the walls and floors and howling and making animal-like noises.
“On April 20 one of his neighbours was woken at 2.30am by abusive shouting, swearing and howling. He felt no option other than to contact the police again.
“This neighbour said he was at the end of his tether and could not go on living like this at his own address.
“He said he was so tired he couldn’t work properly. The other neighbour said the same.
“She said she had had problems from Simpson for eight years and he had made her life a misery.”
Mr Harvey said for some of this time the neighbour’s husband had been terminally ill.
John FitzGerald, defending, said: “I recognise how his neighbours must have felt.
Simpson was a hard-working person at the BBC and had never been in trouble until 2011.
“His behaviour is bizarre and eccentric but it is not directly directed at his neighbours.
“Alcohol has played a part in his life for a long time. He has in mind to put his house on the market and has been in custody since April 22 so has done enough time in prison.”