13 Jun 2019

He also grabbed him in a bear hug.

A landlord in Lincoln grabbed a council worker and pushed him down the stairs in a bid to stop him inspecting his property, a court heard.

Brian Goodwin was unhappy after two City of Lincoln Council private housing officers called to carry out a safety inspection on the home he owns in Union Road in July 2018.

The two workers were doing the checks in order to satisfy the council that it was safe to licence as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

However, their work was halted by Goodwin after he ordered the officers to leave his property immediately despite him agreeing to an inspection taking place when given due notice.

When they refused, he grew agitated and grabbed one of the officers in a ‘bear-hug’ and lifted him off the ground in his quest to get him to leave.

The officer was then forcefully pushed down the stairs.

As the officer fell down the stairs, his elbow collided with the wall which left him with grazes and bruising.

City of Lincoln Council prosecuted the landlord as agents for the Crown Prosecution Service following a police investigation into the assault.

The council also brought charges of obstruction against the landlord for preventing the inspection from being completed without any reasonable excuse.

Goodwin, of Thealby Gardens, Doncaster was found guilty of both charges after the case was heard at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on June 6.

He was fined £1,635 and also ordered to pay £50 in compensation to the officer he assaulted.

Speaking after the conclusion of the case, Sara Boothright, Environmental Health & Corporate Safety Manager at City of Lincoln Council, said: “We are pleased with the magistrates’ verdict and happy that justice has been served. Under the circumstances, it was the right and proper outcome. The landlord’s behaviour was completely unacceptable and these prosecutions send out a strong message that we do not tolerate this kind of behaviour against our staff.

“The bench increased the fine because Mr Goodwin’s actions were directed at representatives of the council who were in the course of carrying out their duties. The prosecutions highlight the importance of treating our staff with respect and letting them carry out our safety inspections.”

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