A DRIVER who disturbed his neighbours for up to eight hours at a time by blasting out music by foul-mouthed rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg has been hit with a fine.
Robert Masuku, who repeated the behaviour for more than a year, will now face a legal bill of more than £1,300 and has had his stereo system confiscated.
He was caught after environmental health officers responded to complaints from residents fed up with being subjected to a stream of four-letter words from the multi-million selling rapper.
Masuku, 37, of Lowfield Drive, Haxby, York, carried out the anti-social behaviour from February 2012 until January this year.
Warning letters sent to him were ignored. Following more complaints in February this year officials served a legal notice on him to turn the volume down.
The very next month, fed up residents called out the council’s late night Noise Patrol complaining they were again being kept awake.
A York Council spokesman said: “Officers reported that the music was so loud that they could clearly hear the lyrics by Snoop Dogg. The equipment used to play the music was subsequently seized to prevent further breaches and the offender was prosecuted.”
Coun Linsay Cunningham-Cross, Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities, said yesterday: “All residents have a right to live in peace and should not have to put up with the nuisance of persistent and overly-loud noise.
“When residents are not respecting their neighbours and behaving is such a way, the council takes it very seriously.
“The noise patrol team in York is renowned for the role it plays in helping to reduce this problem and is highly effective in prosecuting perpetrators.”
Masuku did not turn up to his case at York Magistrates’ Court and was convicted in his absence of breaching the noise abatement notice and fined £300, with £1,002 in court costs, plus a £30 victim surcharge. He is believed to have moved to Wakefield.
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