A noisy neighbour who blasted out loud music has been banned from contact with his neighbour – including by shouting through the wall.
Darren Gowland, 49, told an officer that he was playing the music intentionally to annoy his next door neighbour when police turned up at his door in Salford earlier this year, a court heard.
Over two days in January Gowland played loud music, shouted insults through the wall and swore repeatedly at his neighbour.
When she called the police Gowland continued to play music shouting: “Is that loud enough for you, d*** head?”
When he was arrested he initially told officers he had been drinking and couldn’t remember the incident before finally making admissions.
He has now been handed a five-year restraining order which prevents him from contacting his neighbour in any way – including by shouting through the adjoining wall.
Prosecutor Paul Dockery told Minshull Street Crown Court that Gowland had lived next door to the same neighbour for around five years.
On January 15 this year she called the police when Gowland started swearing and shouting when she asked him to turn down his music – which was so loud she couldn’t hear her television.
The following day Gowland started playing loud music again in the middle of the day.
Throughout the day he shouted at the neighbour through the adjoining wall yelling: “You k*** head, call the f****** police again and f*** off” and: “why don’t you phone the police now d*** head”, the court heard.
The noise continued and at one point Gowland turned up the volume and shouted “is that loud enough for you d*** head?”
When a police officer arrived at Gowland’s address at 7pm that day the music was still playing loudly and the defendant was slurring his words.
He asked the officer if it was “that f****** k*** head next door” that reported him, Mr Dockery said.
Gowland said he had been playing music loudly to annoy his neighbour and was “fronting up” the officer, putting his face to hers, the barrister said.
The defendant was warned that if he continued he would be arrested.
The police returned again later that day and Gowland called his neighbour names including ‘p****’, a ‘fat a***’ and was arrested, the court heard.
When questioned by police, Gowland initially said he couldn’t remember anything but admitted he had been drinking so it ‘might be true’.
There was a break in the interview and when he returned he made a full admission.
In a victim impact statement, the neighbour said: “I have never been completely comfortable with Darren but last night I was on the verge of a panic attack due to his behaviour. I have been in fear and tears.
“He has really scared me over the last two days. I have been scared, upset and scared of what will happen when he comes back home.
“He lives next door and I don’t feel safe in my home.”
Gowland has previous convictions for breach of community orders and was prosecuted for possession of an offensive weapon in September 2020.
Mr Dockery said that incident came about when Gowland became offensive to a mechanic at a garage in Swinton. He left the premises but returned 30 minutes later on a motorbike, threw down his helmet, took out a knuckleduster, put it on and asked for the mechanic.
Gowland, of Bolton Road, Worsley, pleaded guilty to harassment without violence and threats to damage or destroy property.
The court heard that Gowland is due to leave his current home but needs a ground floor property as he recently underwent surgery on a badly broken leg for the ninth time.
The ‘root cause’ of his problems is alcohol but he is now alcohol free, the court heard.
Recorder Nicholas Clarke QC extended Gowland’s curfew order – handed to him for the possession of an offensive weapon charge – for a further 12 weeks from 8pm – 7am.
A six-month suspended sentence will be imposed if he breaches the order, Mr Recorder Clarke said.
“Quite apart from anything else you are an awful neighbour,” he added.
The Recorder said there have been no further complaints from the neighbour adding: “I’m hoping peace is returned”.
He warned Gowland that if he breaches the conditions of his order he will be hauled before the courts again and the suspended sentence will be imposed.
The judge also imposed a five-year restraining order on Gowland meaning he must have no contact with his neighbour, including shouting at her through the adjoining wall.