A man who made his neighbour’s life a misery has been given an indefinite restraining order following a Sussex Police investigation.
Ronny Fox, 69, of Downside, Shoreham was handed the restraining order, 100 hours of unpaid work, £100 compensation to the victim, £85 Victim Surcharge and £620 in court costs at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Monday, January 7 following an earlier conviction, after his not guilty plea to harassment.
In 2014 the victim approached Sussex Police following months of anti-social behaviour type offences, including eggs and chicken skins being thrown at his house by Fox, and a two-year restraining order was granted by the courts. The restraining order appeared to be working and the victim could go back to living in peace. However, as soon as the restraining order was over, the victim’s life was put back into misery and he suffered months of verbal abuse, cat calling and harassment.
The victim once again contacted police and an investigation to obtain vital evidence to convict Fox was launched.
PCSO Jamie Sanderson, of the Adur, Worthing and Horsham Prevention team said: “I am pleased to see that justice has been served at last, and the victim and his family can now look forward to some peace and quiet, free from any further harassing behaviour.
“The victim and his family, along with other neighbours, endured this behaviour for far too long, making their everyday lives almost unbearable.
“This case has been extremely challenging to bring to court, with various hurdles to overcome along the way, so I am delighted to see that the time and effort invested has been worthwhile.
“If you or anyone you know experiences anti-social behaviour or harassment, report it to us immediately and we will look to take positive action wherever possible.”
A family member said: “As a family, we are relieved that Mr. Fox has been convicted for his ongoing campaign of harassment against our elderly parents. The targeted and relentless victimisation they have been subjected to has had a severe impact on us all.
“We would like to highly commend PCSO Jamie Sanderson, who has always understood the impact that Mr. Fox’s behaviour was having on our parents. Jamie has shown great empathy, resilience and professionalism; he is a credit to the police force. He has been proactive in keeping us fully updated with any progress on the case and fought for the facts to be heard in court.
“We hope that our parents can now finally return to living a peaceful life, without fear of being targeted again in such a personal way.”