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Bristol 'neighbour from hell' Jason Hynam sentenced

Jason Hynam
Image caption Jason Hynam's behaviour was described as "appalling" by the judge

A man who was described in court as "the neighbour from hell" has been given a suspended sentence.

Bristol Crown Court heard Jason Hynam, 33, terrorised his next-door neighbours in Bradley Stoke, near Bristol.

Hynam was captured on CCTV trying to break into the home of Mohammed Gaffori, his wife and baby.

He pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon and affray and was given a 12 month sentence, suspended for two years.

The court heard how Mr Gaffori, who has moved to a different area with his wife and one-year-old baby, called the police after Hynam, of Stanshaws Close, tried to break into their house last year.

'Constant fear'

Mr Gaffori said he had lived in "constant fear" and said of the experience: "I would not wish it on my worst enemy".

Nick O'Brien, prosecuting, said: "It's apt to call Jason Hynam the neighbour from hell."

He told the court that on one occasion Hynam, who is being treated for a severe drink problem, told Mr Gaffori and his wife: "I give you a few months to leave or I will make your life hell."

Sentencing Hynan, Judge Nigel Lickley QC said: "Your behaviour was appalling. You intimidated and threatened your neighbours. If you repeat your behaviour you will go to prison."

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