Music lover faces the rap after making his neighbour's life hell

19 March 2012 in Community safety and Environment
A music lover will have to pay out a total of over £3,500 after making his neighbour's life hell.
Ada Arugu, 38, of Hermit Road, Plaistow, played rap and dance-style music on his powerful sound system (pictured) so loudly the floor of his neighbour’s home vibrated.

Following a trial at Stratford Magistrates’ Court earlier this month (March), Arugu was fined a total of £1500 for three offences of failing to comply with a noise abatement notice served in 2010. He had denied the charges.

Arugu was also ordered to pay the neighbour, who has not been named, £1000 in compensation, £1000 to Newham Council for its costs and £15 victim's surcharge.

Newham Council noise officers, who received a total of 45 complaints about Arugu, seized two large and expensive RCF Art speakers, a mixing desk, DVD player, and CD player.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of the equipment.

Cllr Unmesh Desai, Newham Council’s Executive Member for Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour, said: “This behaviour was an absolute disgrace. This man made his neighbour’s life hell. I am delighted the court has thrown the book at him. Credit should go to our noise enforcement team for a job well done.

“We have a zero tolerance approach to crime and anti-social behaviour in Newham. Let this be a lesson to anyone else who behaves with such scant regard for other people. We will get you and you will pay the price.”