‘I’m Being Victimised and Bullied,’ insists ‘Neighbor from hell’ who breached an ASBO 30 times
Keith McDonald was given an injunction by judges last year after making his neighbour’s lives a misery for more than a year – with latest breach for blasting music from caravan
A “nightmare neighbour” – who has been making people’s lives a misery for more than a year insists he’s being ‘victimised and bullied.’
Keith McDonald, 40, was given an anti-social behaviour injunction after he admitted to a catalogue of complaints from his neighbours.
But since he has gone on to breach it more than 30 times.
His latest breach – for blasting music from his caravan – saw him ordered to pay a £500 fine or face prison.
But, when the Liverpool Echo spoke to Mr McDonald at his home in Seafield Road, New Ferry, he claimed he was being “victimised and bullied” and that he “just wants to be left alone.”
He said: “I have got no problem with the neighbours, it is just an ongoing case.
“I am doing my house up and I’ve got the caravan because it is a safer environment for me and my child to live in than it is in the house because it’s like walking on eggshells.
“I am frightened of making any noise in the house whether it is the television or my child, in case (my neighbour) is over-sensitive and phones Merseyside Police and they come and arrest me.”
A judge granted police specific powers in relation to Mr McDonald, and they remain in force until 4pm on March 6 next year.
He added: “It is unfair – all I am trying to do is maintain a family home and I think it’s totally unruly the way I’ve been victimised and bullied.”
He claims that, while one neighbour has continually complained about him, he has a good relationship with others in the street.
He added: “You can knock on any of these doors and they will vouch for me – I might look rough, like a bank robber, but anyone will tell you I will help them.
“I will help anyone, I’m kind-hearted. I have been in trouble in the past, but I believe everyone deserves a second chance – live and let live.”
During The Echo’s visit to Seafield Road, two of Mr McDonald’s neighbours did speak to reporter Liam Thorp to suggest that he is a good neighbour – but it seems the courts disagree.
Wirral Council first took action against him last year, following complaints of harassment and intimidation against one neighbour in the form of loud and excessive noise from inside and outside of his property.
The council said that, on occasions, Mr McDonald “would leave his radio on continuously for days when not even present”.
After failing to bring his behaviour to an “acceptable level” the council then successfully applied to Liverpool County Court for the injunction – which has subsequently been broken scores of times.
But Mr McDonald – who has been in jail in the past – was insistent that the whole situation was a witch-hunt against him.
He told us: “I am just victimised, bullied – it feels like I’ve got no human rights
“I am petrified of going back to prison while I have got a child – I am a single parent.
“I’m not a vicious man, I don’t want an argument, I just want it settled, I want to be left alone with my child to grow up.
“He is 13 and he has seen me be arrested twice.”
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