From hell claimed fam­ily set off PO­LICE SIRENS in house

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By AMANDA CROOK

A NIGHTMARE neigh­bour tried to get a fam­ily of eight bro­ken up by so­cial work­ers af­ter he wrongly ac­cused them of be­ing ‘too noisy.’

Tabraiz Khan, 38, re­ported bus driver James Keogh and his wife Jane to so­cial ser­vices and falsely al­leged the in­no­cent cou­ple were ne­glect­ing their six chil­dren af­ter he be­came con­vinced they were set­ting off po­lice sirens in­side their home.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors act­ing on Khan’s bo­gus tip-off at­tended the Keoghs’ home in Heaton Nor­ris, Stock­port, and quizzed the hor­ri­fied cou­ple be­fore es­tab­lish­ing they had done noth­ing wrong.

But dur­ing his two-year hate cam­paign against the Keoghs, Khan, who lived with his par­ents two doors away, con­tin­u­ally be­rated the cou­ple about noise – even con­fronting them on their doorstep at 8.30am on Christ­mas Day as the chil­dren – three of whom have autism or learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties – were open­ing presents.

He also threat­ened the fam­ily when he claimed one of the chil­dren had been mak­ing rude ges­tures at him.

The vic­tims, who have been mar­ried for 15 years and lived at their prop­erty for a decade, said they suf­fered se­vere dis­tress due to the so­cial ser­vices in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

En­quiries were car­ried out into Khan’s claims about noise against the Keoghs but it emerged the sounds of ‘sirens’ he re­ferred to, plus other noises, in fact came from out­side in the ‘very busy’ road.

In a state­ment Mrs Keogh told po­lice: “This has made us feel in­tim­i­dated. I feel like he’s watch­ing me and my fam­ily. The chil­dren be­gan to avoid walk­ing past his house and they took a dif­fer­ent route to avoid any fur­ther is­sues.

“They tried to not even play out in the gar­den for fear of fur­ther is­sues caused. We did con­sider mov­ing house but we couldn’t af­ford it at the time and we wanted the fam­ily to lead a nor­mal life.”

At Stock­port mag­is­trates court, Khan, who claims to be ‘hy­per-sen­si­tive’ to noise, ad­mit­ted three pub­lic or­der of­fences be­tween 2017 and Jan­uary this year and was banned from con­tact­ing the Keoghs for a year un­der the terms of a re­strain­ing or­der. He has since moved out of the area.

Pros­e­cu­tor David Mor­gan said: “There does ap­pear to have been some res­o­lu­tion and Mr Khan does now live away – al­though his par­ents re­main at the ad­dress.”

Anna Ch­est­nut, de­fend­ing, said: “Mr Khan has autis­tic spec­trum dis­or­der. This was ac­cepted by the po­lice at an early stage and he had an ap­pro­pri­ate adult in the in­ter­view.

“The com­plaints Mr Khan had against neigh­bours arose out of the gen­uinely held be­lief the noises where be­ing made from their ad­dress in­clud­ing siren noises, ei­ther at the front or back gar­den.

“He has hy­per sen­si­tiv­ity to noise and strug­gles im­mensely to deal and cope with the level of noise. This wasn’t a de­sire to harm the Keogh fam­ily or cause them any dis­tress. Al­though he ac­cepts un­for­tu­nate con­se­quence of his be­hav­iour.”

She added: “The Keoghs are no longer be­ing both­ered and that is a very pos­i­tive up­date. It’s a highly unusual case, he was re­ferred to a panel who deal with men­tally vul­ner­a­ble of­fend­ers and there was care­ful thought given to whether crim­i­nal charges should have even been brought.”

Sen­tenc­ing, chair­man of the bench Caro­line Turner also con­di­tion­ally dis­charged Khan for a year and or­dered him to pay £105 in court costs.

Tabraiz Khan ac­cused Jane and James Keogh, in­set, of be­ing too noisy

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