Judge extends woman’s ASBO by six months

Jeanne Wilding, right, enters Calderdale Magistrates Court, Halifax
Jeanne Wilding, right, enters Calderdale Magistrates Court, Halifax

A JUDGE at Calderdale Magistrates Court has agreed to extend the anti social behaviour order (ASBO) on a woman for six months.

Calderdale Council had applied at the court to extend the five-year ASBO imposed on Jeanne Wilding, 64, of Millwright Street, Mabgate, Leeds, in January 2008, which was due to expire.

She was given the order for her actions in the hamlet of Bottomley, near Walsden, Todmorden.

Deputy Assistant Judge Hirst agreed that the order should be extended by six month pending a full hearing over the issue of extending it by five years to allow Ms Wilding to arrange legal representation, await a decision on Legal Aid and await the outcome of proceedings she faces at Leeds Crown Court.

Ms Wilding, who submitted written arguments against extending the order, became upset and left the court in tears when evidence was presented to the court by Nicola Phillipson, counsel for Calderdale Council, in support of its bid to extend the order by an initial six months.

Ms Phillipson said it was the council’s view that the order needed to be extended to ensure that relevant members of the public continued to be given the protection of the 2008 order.

It was the council’s case that she had continued to behave in an anti social manner, she said, and went on to give examples of behaviour, described as “bullying and intimidation” and resulting in distress, relating to staff or service users of three charities in Leeds.

The behaviour complained of was virtually identical to that for which the order was originally imposed, said Ms Phillipson.

It was agreed the matters were being denied by Ms Wilding, she added. Ms Wilding, before leaving the court room in tears, said her health had been affected by the order and it was important to have a period of time when she was not subject to the ASBO.

Ms Wilding did not return to the court to hear the ruling.

Deputy Assistant Judge Hirst said she was satisfied the variation of the order was appropriate based on case law and agreed to extend it to July 21, 2013, a date after the Leeds Crown Court proceedings should have been completed.

She also considered the council’s claim for costs in the case as far as this hearing, which amount to £2,605.