I’m no ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ says Trowbridge man

This Is Wiltshire: Martin Redfern at North West Wiltshire Magistrates’ Court after being issued with his Asbo Martin Redfern at North West Wiltshire Magistrates’ Court after being issued with his Asbo

Chainsaw-wielding Martin Redfern has been labelled the ‘Jekyll and Hyde of Trowbridge’ by his neighbours who were tormented by him for months until he was issued with the county town’s only anti-social behaviour order last week.

The 41-year-old moved into Wilton Drive two years ago, but soon after Mr Redfern is said to have snapped and residents have been left terrified ever since.

Months of intimidation and verbal abuse ended last week with Chippenham magistrates issuing an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) banning him from causing further trouble.

Residents told lawyers in court that Redfern would: l Verbally abuse his neighbours.

l Stare at them at their garden gate.

l Frighten them with a collection of noisy chainsaws in the early hours of the morning.

Neighbour Brian Raymond, 65, said: “It got so bad that if we were in the front garden and he came out of the house we would go back in.

“One minute he was a nice, seemingly clever bloke and the next he was completely mad. He’s like the Jekyll and Hyde of Trowbridge, only there’s more Hyde than Jekyll.”

Mr Redfern, however, has defended his actions, and said: "I have not been excessive. Now and again I have made a noise, but it is not day in and day out. That is not excessive.”

And his wife Sue has denied her unemployed husband is a Jekyll and Hyde character. She added: “If he is a Jekyll and Hyde then why has he been so nice? We’ve really tried to get on with everyone here, but they’ve given us so much grief.”

If Mr Redfern breaks the Asbo, which was put in place for two years from December 21, he could face criminal charges and be given a custodial sentence.

Tom Ward, public protection officer for Wiltshire Council, said: “This type of behaviour has greatly affected the community who were living in fear for their own safety.

“We are obviously very pleased with the outcome and we will continue to work with the police to help ensure no-one has to suffer this type of behaviour.”

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11:44pm Fri 30 Dec 11

Icky Perrett says...

What a ****.
What a ****. Icky Perrett

11:46pm Fri 30 Dec 11

Icky Perrett says...

What a ****!
What a ****! Icky Perrett

1:09pm Sat 31 Dec 11

€d says...

Same Martin Redfern? http://goo.gl/FCZYe
Same Martin Redfern? http://goo.gl/FCZYe €d

4:45pm Sat 31 Dec 11

old 'arry says...

If he is only 41 and fit enough to throw chainsaws about, why is the idle sodd living off our taxes on the bloody dole???
If he is only 41 and fit enough to throw chainsaws about, why is the idle sodd living off our taxes on the bloody dole??? old 'arry

6:27pm Sat 31 Dec 11

Ian J Walker says...

'arry - would you employ him???
'arry - would you employ him??? Ian J Walker

8:25pm Sat 31 Dec 11

snazzle says...

How can this man be unemployed when he is at Standerwick auctions every Wednesday spending plenty of cash???
Making a living as a secondhand dealer and claiming benefits!!!
My advice to anyone he annoys or threatens is to annonymously visit the benefit fraud website. Hopefully this will give him better things to concern himself with and stop making decent peoples lives a misery. also it stops him having the money to buy all those petrol and electric tools he buys at auction to sell on in the first place.
How can this man be unemployed when he is at Standerwick auctions every Wednesday spending plenty of cash??? Making a living as a secondhand dealer and claiming benefits!!! My advice to anyone he annoys or threatens is to annonymously visit the benefit fraud website. Hopefully this will give him better things to concern himself with and stop making decent peoples lives a misery. also it stops him having the money to buy all those petrol and electric tools he buys at auction to sell on in the first place. snazzle

8:41pm Sat 31 Dec 11

snazzle says...

Yep same guy...http://goo.gl/
FCZYe...Prime candidate to bring back the stocks in the town centre over the christmas period, I would imagine there would be lots of rotting food to chuck at him this time of year... Plenty in my wheelie bin to get it going!!!
Yep same guy...http://goo.gl/ FCZYe...Prime candidate to bring back the stocks in the town centre over the christmas period, I would imagine there would be lots of rotting food to chuck at him this time of year... Plenty in my wheelie bin to get it going!!! snazzle

2:22pm Sun 1 Jan 12

Local Bloke says...

And his wife Sue has denied her unemployed husband is a Jekyll and Hyde character. She added: “If he is a Jekyll and Hyde then why has he been so nice?

Excuse me ?? Isn't the whole point of Jekyll & Hyde the fact that one is nasty and the other one is nice ?? Hello !!!!

He has by nice because that is one side of his character, the other side is a nasty horrible, chainsaw wielding man.
And his wife Sue has denied her unemployed husband is a Jekyll and Hyde character. She added: “If he is a Jekyll and Hyde then why has he been so nice? Excuse me ?? Isn't the whole point of Jekyll & Hyde the fact that one is nasty and the other one is nice ?? Hello !!!! He has by nice because that is one side of his character, the other side is a nasty horrible, chainsaw wielding man. Local Bloke

7:04pm Sun 1 Jan 12

Triton says...

€d wrote:
Same Martin Redfern? http://goo.gl/FCZYe
Same bloke all right. Not only is he a Jekyll and Hyde character but he's also a nonce sex offender who's still on a register. Lovely bloke to have living in your street.
[quote][p][bold]€d[/bold] wrote: Same Martin Redfern? http://goo.gl/FCZYe[/p][/quote]Same bloke all right. Not only is he a Jekyll and Hyde character but he's also a nonce sex offender who's still on a register. Lovely bloke to have living in your street. Triton

5:05pm Tue 3 Jan 12

OhThisIsFun says...

Looks like a good for nothing miscreant, atypical of the folk in the netherlands of Trowbridge. Not sure why you're all so shocked as this sort of person is commonplace !
Looks like a good for nothing miscreant, atypical of the folk in the netherlands of Trowbridge. Not sure why you're all so shocked as this sort of person is commonplace ! OhThisIsFun

7:40pm Tue 3 Jan 12

Icky Perrett says...

OhThisIsFun wrote:
Looks like a good for nothing miscreant, atypical of the folk in the netherlands of Trowbridge. Not sure why you're all so shocked as this sort of person is commonplace !
Have you overdosed on the xmas sherry by any chance?

First off I fail to see where there is any connection between Trowbridge and the Dutch. And secondly you say the fellow is 'atypical' of Trowbridge folk - atypical meaning not conforming to type, or not typical - which makes your comment that people like him are commonplace a bit of a dickish one.
[quote][p][bold]OhThisIsFun[/bold] wrote: Looks like a good for nothing miscreant, atypical of the folk in the netherlands of Trowbridge. Not sure why you're all so shocked as this sort of person is commonplace ![/p][/quote]Have you overdosed on the xmas sherry by any chance? First off I fail to see where there is any connection between Trowbridge and the Dutch. And secondly you say the fellow is 'atypical' of Trowbridge folk - atypical meaning not conforming to type, or not typical - which makes your comment that people like him are commonplace a bit of a dickish one. Icky Perrett

11:22pm Tue 3 Jan 12

trowbridge52 says...

seems to me this man is a multiple offender if you read the reports from the other incidences spits in the polices face attacks the victims mother leads police on a high speed chase how come he is still walking the streets then failed justice i say nasty man thats only from one of the previous reports too .
seems to me this man is a multiple offender if you read the reports from the other incidences spits in the polices face attacks the victims mother leads police on a high speed chase how come he is still walking the streets then failed justice i say nasty man thats only from one of the previous reports too . trowbridge52

5:49pm Wed 4 Jan 12

Marrytime says...

There is no more to be said.
Icky provided the correct label, assuming I interpreted the asterisks correctly.
That label also resolves the unemployment question ie lazy ****.
There is no more to be said. Icky provided the correct label, assuming I interpreted the asterisks correctly. That label also resolves the unemployment question ie lazy ****. Marrytime

12:31pm Thu 5 Jan 12

steffyjane1991 says...

I think its wrong that people have allowed him to live near schools esp having a track record!!!!
I think its wrong that people have allowed him to live near schools esp having a track record!!!! steffyjane1991

11:56pm Thu 5 Jan 12

Marrytime says...

steffyjane1991 wrote:
I think its wrong that people have allowed him to live near schools esp having a track record!!!!
Why? Anywhere is near a school
[quote][p][bold]steffyjane1991[/bold] wrote: I think its wrong that people have allowed him to live near schools esp having a track record!!!![/p][/quote]Why? Anywhere is near a school Marrytime

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