Coun­cil tax dodger taken to court

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Horror Smash -

A coun­cil tax dodger has been given a three-month sus­pended prison sen­tence af­ter fail­ing to pay more than £4,000 over a three-year pe­riod.

Perry Mur­phy, of Ox­en­turn Road in Wye, ap­peared at Dover Mag­is­trates’ Court last month af­ter Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC) made re­peated ef­forts to con­tact him for pay­ment.

The 52-year-old had racked up £4,351 in ar­rears be­tween July 2010 and Fe­bru­ary 2013 at his pre­vi­ous ad­dress in Brook.

The court was told that ABC had “bent over back­wards” to give Mur­phy the chance to pay.

Cllr Neil Shorter, who is the cab­i­net mem­ber re­spon­si­ble the coun­cil’s fi­nances, said: “This is an ex­am­ple of the sever­ity with which we, and the courts, view the non­pay­ment of coun­cil tax.

“It is im­por­tant that ac­tion was taken and we hope that this suc­cess­ful con­vic­tion acts as a de­ter­rent to oth­ers.

“Our mes­sage is clear. Peo­ple who refuse to pay their coun­cil tax are putting at risk the ser­vices that we, and oth­ers, pro­vide.

“We will not tol­er­ate such avoid­ance.”

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