£3,500 a month Doncaster man jailed for not paying council tax

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A man who refused to pay his council tax, despite having the means, has been jailed.

It follows a prosecution by Doncaster Council as part of a crackdown on persistent non-payers.

David Jones Quartey, 51, of Rectory Gardens, Doncaster was sent to prison for 90 days when he appeared before Doncaster Magistrates on 18 September.

After failing to attend court in answer to a summons, warrants of arrest were issued, to which Mr Jones Quartey agreed to surrender to the court in June 2011.

As he failed to attend several attempts to execute the warrants of arrest were made however, he was arrested on other matters.

Considering the case, magistrates decided that Mr Jones Quartey had the means to pay his council tax due to him earning £3,500 a month at that time. They also found that he had deliberately chosen not to and so found him guilty of culpable neglect.

Simon Wiles, Director of Finance and Corporate Services, said: “Before considering court action we will try to come to an arrangement with customers who are struggling to pay their council tax. We also work closely with agencies and organisations, providing practical help and advice to anyone finding themselves in debt.

“We actively encourage people who are eligible to take up council tax benefit and discounts. Unfortunately there are still people who refuse to pay their council tax even though they are financially able. We have a legal duty to all those who do pay on time to make sure these offenders don’t get away with it.”

For advice and information about Council Tax and Business Rates, please telephone the Council on 01302 734454.