#news Councillor convicted of harassing neighbour after claims he had meetings in a hot tub mid-lockdown #WorldNews

#news Councillor convicted of harassing neighbour after claims he had meetings in a hot tub mid-lockdown #WorldNews

#information Councillor convicted of harassing neighbour after claims he had meetings in a hot tub mid-lockdown #WorldNews

A Nottinghamshire councillor has been convicted of harassing his two ex-neighbours after they clashed in lockdown

Councillor Tom Hollis, deputy chief of Ashfield District Council, is claimed to have held meetings with different councillors in a hot tub in his again backyard throughout the pandemic.

Leaving courtroom in the present day, the councillor vowed to enchantment the harassment convictions.  

He is claimed to have performed music on the council get-togethers, allegedly held from morning into the night with various numbers of folks when Britain was in its first nationwide lockdown in May 2020. 

Nottingham Magistrates Court heard the declare originated from neighbour Shannon Jones-Golding. She referred to as 101 for recommendation from police on Covid measures and requested ‘if this was allowed’. 

Mr Hollis, 28, at all times maintained he was a key employee and that the police had instructed Mrs Jones-Golding he was doing nothing flawed. 

Judge Leo Pyle instructed Mr Hollis, who sat calmly in courtroom because the verdicts had been delivered, that he thought of his declare ‘ludicrous and irritating’.

Councillor Tom Hollis, deputy leader of Ashfield District Council, was convicted of harassing two of his neighbours, including pretending one had chased him with a knife

Councillor Tom Hollis, deputy chief of Ashfield District Council, was convicted of harassing two of his neighbours, together with pretending one had chased him with a knife 

The independent councillor is said to have held meetings in his hot tub during the pandemic, leading neighbour Shannon Jones-Golding to alert the police

The unbiased councillor is claimed to have held meetings in his hot tub throughout the pandemic, main neighbour Shannon Jones-Golding to alert the police

The choose discovered Mr Hollis harassed neighbours as tempers flared in a critical of spats over their six-foot excessive fence throughout lockdown.

On one event, officers raced to Windmill Close, Sutton-in-Ashfield, the place Hollis lived subsequent door to Mrs Golding and her husband, following stories a ‘neighbour got here at him (Hollis) with a knife’.

They discovered the councillor calm and composed. Police then seen video footage taken by the neighbour – footage of Mr Hollis arguing over the fence and occasions on the entrance of his property which confirmed him on the cellphone to police.

In that decision he described a one to one-and-a-half foot knife. Police didn’t see any knife on the home however there was additionally no detailed seek for one. 

Mr Hollis nearly had Mrs Jones-Golding’s husband arrested for the alleged possession and threats with a bladed article.

The footage taken by Mrs Jones-Golding proved in any other case.

Mark Fielding, prosecuting, accused Mr Hollis of phoning 999 and that he ‘play-acted’ as if he was being chased by the male sufferer with a knife.

Hollis, who pleaded not responsible, was stated to have run into his home squealing, nearly crying, and shouting he was ‘being adopted’ and ‘do not come at me with that’.   

Mr Hollis denied having meetings in his hot tub and said he would appeal the convictions

Mr Hollis denied having meetings in his hot tub and stated he would enchantment the convictions

Whilst in the protection of his residence, he carried on with the 999 name and made it clear the male sufferer chased him with a knife. Police arrived and officers went to arrest Mr Golding for possessing and threatening with a blade.

But Mrs Jones-Golding confirmed officers the movie she had taken and police realised this was a ‘false criticism’, stated Mr Fielding at the beginning of the trial. 

The choose concluded the cost involving Mrs Jones-Golding concerned quite a few episodes in this ‘unhappy case’. 

The courtroom heard Mr Hollis additionally instructed her: ‘I do know it was you who made that nameless name to the police. I heard your voice. I’ve contacts in the police.’

He added he ‘made the principles’, saying she could be ‘accomplished for harassment of a key employee.’ 

The defendant’s conduct amounted to harassment of her – citing the dragging of a caravan onto the driveway, the arrival of police to the 999 name over the ‘knife incident’.

The choose stated: ‘This was conduct on a minimum of two events which amounted to harassment of this woman.

‘It clearly brought about her alarm and misery. It was oppressive and overbearing.’ 

Mr Golding, 31, was referred to as a ‘paedophile’ by Hollis earlier than he made the false 999 name. The harassment of the couple led the Goldings, who’ve two kids, to promote their home and transfer away.

Judge Pyle stated: ‘This younger man [Mr Golding] was fortuitously not arrested for an accusation of threatening with a knife. It was one more episode of ongoing behaviour which brought about alarm and misery. This cost is proved to the prison customary.’

Mr Hollis stated he would enchantment two harassment convictions when he briefly spoke with Nottinghamshire Live following the convictions.

He has been bailed to return to courtroom for sentencing on October 13 at 10am. Hollis pressured that he by no means held council meetings in his hot tub in his again backyard.

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