A MAN pleaded guilty to criminal damage to council property but claimed that it was the mould and damp in his flat that “tipped him over the edge”.
Basildon magistrates court heard that on the 15th September, Wesley Crooks (30) of Morrison House, Jesmond Road, Grays damaged an electronic switch to the value of £500.
In mitigation, his solicitor told the court that Crooks and his partner had been “driven to despair” over the condition of their dwelling.
She said: “My client has a thick pile of correspondence with Thurrock Council, going back several years, detailing their problems.”
The court heard that both Crooks and his partner were on disability living allowance.
Crooks received a conditional discharge for 12 months and was ordered to pay £200 in compensation.
After the case, an industry expert told YT that “being driven to distraction” over mould and damp was not uncommon.
They said: “It is not just the multitude of physical ailments but there are reports of depression being caused or exacerbated through mould and damp.”
Belhus resident, Dee Lodge has and continues to fight a campaign re mould in Thurrock houses.
Mrs Lodge said: “We continue to compile evidence and campaign on a number of fronts.”