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Bully James Tevlin threatened police officers outside niece's Gillingham home

22 January 2014
by Lynn Cox

A bully who has previously terrorised his neighbours found himself back in court this week after hurling abuse at police officers.

James Tevlin, 57, was arrested in December after allegedly trying to get into his niece’s home in Gillingham.

James Tevlin

James Tevlin

Tevlin, who has more than 30 convictions for committing more than 50 offences, faced magistrates again this week, after turning up at Rachel Kingaby’s new home in Gillingham, and demanding to be let inside.

Tevlin used to live with Ms Kingaby in Pickwick Crescent, Rochester, but it is believed after their tenancy agreement was terminated because of his bad behaviour, she found a new home without him.

However, on December 1, Tevlin was seen acting aggressively at her new address in Parr Avenue and a witness called the police.

He was seen kicking the door, grabbing hold of his niece and threatening her.

When police arrived, Telvin became abuse towards them.

One female police officer who, despite having 15 years experience in the force, later said it was some of worst behaviour she had come across and that Tevlin was the rudest man she had ever met.

"I’ve never heard of such appalling disgusting behaviour" - chairman of the bench Roger Whitebread

Tevlin was charged with threatening behaviour and admitted the offence when he appeared in the dock on Monday.

He gave his address as Pickwick Crescent, Rochester, despite no longer living there.

Gareth Nicholl, prosecuting, said: “It was the defendant’s niece and he had previously lived with her, but she had moved away from him and he had found where she now lived.

“The defendant was spoken to and arrested when he became abusive and made disgraceful comments towards the officers.

“They were sexual innuendos in relation to the female officers.

“He used sexual derogatory terms, which were disgraceful, despicable, disgusting, outrageous and homophobic.

“In her 15 year experience the officer said he was the rudest man she had ever met.

“His record is also an appalling indictment on his character.”

Medway Magistrates' Court

The case was heard at Medway Magistrates' Court

Defending himself, Tevlin said: “It was despicable, what can I say. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing that day, I apologise to the officers involved.

“I have a drink problem, but I’m not drinking now.”

Magistrates fined Tevlin £50 for the offence and ordered he pay £85 court costs.

Chairman of the bench, Roger Whitebread, said: “This bench is very frustrated that we are only able to give you a fine for this offence.

“In 20 years I’ve never heard of such appalling disgusting behaviour.”

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