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Prison for Wisbech man who failed to pay

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A Wisbech man has been jailed for failing to pay six years’ worth of council tax, amounting to nearly £7,650.

Dean Cousins was sentenced to 90 days in prison by Peterborough magistrates on February 17.

In 2013, Cousins, of Kingsley Avenue, Wisbech, had been taken to court by Fenland District Council on account of the nearly £7,650 debt that he had run up since 2008. Magistrates ruled then that he was showing “wilful refusal” by failing to pay when he had no good mitigating reason and imposed a 90-day prison sentence, suspended on condition that he made payments of £200 a month until the debt was cleared.

Since then Cousins has failed to make a single payment.

At the latest hearing Cousins offered no explanation for his continued non-payment. As part of the evidence against him, the court was shown photos of winning slips from Coral Bookmakers and a pile of £50 notes on the floor.

In the past eight years Cousins has failed to pay tax as billed every year and made low payments only when pursued by bailiffs. More than once he claimed a single person discount when he wasn’t eligible – an offence for which he was fined £70 in 2010. He now owes £10,850.

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