Neighbour jailed for racially aggravated threatening behaviour


Ryan Gobey (24) was jailed for 12 months yesterday (12 Sept) at Gloucester Crown Court for racially aggravated threatening behaviour, possession of a bladed article and racially aggravated harassment.

Gobey of Nailsworth Terrace, made death threats to his partner’s Polish neighbours and used a knife to threaten a Muslim woman and her family in a row over parking near to his partner’s home.

The court heard that Gobey's behaviour towards the family had caused a marked change in their young son, who used to be a happy and healthy child but has now become awkward and uncommunicative.

Sentencing him, His Honour Judge Tabor QC said: "This is a serious offence and one that cannot and will not be tolerated in the society we live in."

Gobey was also given a five-year restraining order during which he cannot directly or indirectly make contact with his victims. Failure to follow a court order may result in the court issuing a contempt of court charge and subsequent jail time.

CPS South West Crown Advocate Janine Wood said: "These attacks were unprovoked and Ryan Gobey left his victims fearing for their own safety. The impact of what happened left lasting effects on the families concerned and it is hoped that the sentencing today will bring some closure and reassurance that these  crimes will not be accepted."