Noisy teen told to shut up by court after music drove out neighbours
REFUSING to turn down the volume on her music has proved costly for a teenager.
Karla Knuth, 18, was fined £1,015 by Plymouth magistrates and will have her music equipment confiscated. She was also ordered to pay £1,200 in costs.
Knuth, of King Street Flats in Stonehouse, played her music so loudly that some of her neighbours were driven out of their homes, the court heard.
Knuth pleaded guilty by post to two breaches of a noise abatement order on August 10 and August 17.
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She was issued with two noise nuisance orders in August after neighbours complained about the loud music and levels of shouting and banging from her flat.
In spite of the warnings, she continued to play music loudly and disturb her neighbours.
The court heard how one neighbour was often forced to leave his home from 6pm to 6am in order to study at university as it was too noisy in his property to concentrate.
Another neighbour often stayed at friends' houses to get a decent night's sleep.
Magistrates ordered Knuth to pay £500 for each breach and a victim surcharge of £15. The court ordered the forfeiture of her music equipment including a CD player, digital synthesiser tuner, a speaker, CDs and a DVD player. The council was awarded £1,200 costs.
The council asked for a further application to be made ordering Knuth to "not cause harassment, alarm or distress by causing or allowing the playing of amplified music, by using a television, by banging, slamming doors or shouting at a level which can be heard by persons outside any residential property at which she is residing either permanently or temporarily in Plymouth."
The order runs for two years.
Cllr Brian Vincent, Cabinet member for the environment, said: "We take the issue of constant noise very seriously. This lady was living in flats and her behaviour was having a significant impact on the lives of her neighbours all around her.
"We are pleased with the result, and hope that she will change her behaviour to give some peace to the residents near by."