Elvis in court for playing music too loud in Barking
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He might share a name with one the most loved musicians of all time but Elvis Turatsinze’s music certainly didn’t win him any fans.
Instead the 24-year-old, who lives in a flat in Longbridge Road, Barking, ended up in court after regularly annoying neighbours by playing loud music.
They reported the problem to council noise and nuisance officers, who paid a visit to the property and heard the music. Turatsinze was handed a noise abatement notice on January 12 last year, ordering him not to repeat the nuisance.
But further incidents were recorded on February 26 this year at 12.10am and again at 10.18pm and on May 27 at 1.25am.
One one occasion the bass was so heavy the front door and walls of the block of flats were vibrating.
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Each time Turatsinze was warned he was in breach of the noise abatement notice.
He was summoned to Havering Magistrates’ Court on September 13 and pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching the order. He was handed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £1,015 in costs with a £15 victim surcharge.
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Cllr Jeanne Alexander, cabinet member for crime, justice and communities, said: “No one has the right to terrorise their neighbours with loud music. Excessive noise, particularly late at night, causes huge distress.
“Our enforcement officers will be monitoring this case closely to see if there are any repeat incidents.
“If this individual continues to flout the law we will seek to get him back before the courts.”