Jam spared jail after garden court breach

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Jam Imani Rad, 65, has spend �5,200 landscaping a communal garden area at his Gateway flats in Harrington Street, Preston, only to be told to rip it all out

Photo Neil Cross Jam Imani Rad, 65, has spend �5,200 landscaping a communal garden area at his Gateway flats in Harrington Street, Preston, only to be told to rip it all out

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A pensioner faces jail if he carries out any more unauthorised gardening.

Jam Imani Rad, 66, was slapped with a suspended five month jail sentence at Blackpool County Court on Friday, after being found guilty of breaching a court order.

As part of a long-running battle with his landlord Community Gateway Association (CGA), Mr Rad agreed before a judge in May not to carry out any additional work to communal gardens in Harrington Steet, Preston.

But he was observed and photographed breaching that order five times by planting, turfing, and moving statues.

He claimed he was only maintaining the land and did not intend to break the order.

Judge Justice Wells said: “I find Mr Imani Rad is someone who, if you give him an inch, will take a mile.”

Since 2012, Mr Rad has carried out around £6,000 of landscaping work on land belonging to CGA without gaining written permission.

The landlord has given retrospective permission for the work three times, but last year demanded the removal of a swing attached to an RSJ, statues deemed offensive by a neighbour and unsafe electrical work. Mr Rad did not do this, prompting legal action, which allowed only the maintainence of what permission had been granted for.

Yesterday Judge Wells made an injunction that Mr Rad had to take down what he has no permission to have.

Speaking against Mr Rad’s argument the garden belonged to the people of Preston, the judge said: “It does not and it never has. It is not a public work of art and it is very important that you understand that.”

Judge Wells also found against Mr Rad for using abusive language that was likely to cause CGA staff distress.