Published: 14:25, 22 September 2021
| Updated: 14:57, 22 September 2021
Multi-millionaire landlord Fergus Wilson has been told to leave council employees alone following a "decade of harassment".
The infamous property mogul has been slapped with a permanent injunction following a High Court case brought by Ashford Borough Council (ABC).
The injunction means Mr Wilson can only contact any member or other worker associated with the council through a named legal advisor.
The case, which was heard in February, was told that Mr Wilson repeatedly told councillors to kill themselves, and sent huge numbers of letters and emails and made needless phone calls and formal complaints against officers, councillors and legal representatives.
The council's representative Adam Solomon QC handed over a staggering 454 pieces of correspondence sent by Mr Wilson to council officials in the space of just over four years, between February 2016 and July 2020.
Mr Soloman said Mr Wilson's behaviour had made workers feel harassed and intimidated, with some receiving emails from him on a daily basis.
Officers, employees and councillors felt bullied and distressed, being unable to respond properly to allegations, some of them being reduced to tears, he added.
In a lengthy summary and statement, Daryl Allen QC said that he had "no hesitation" in making the ruling.
"The defendant’s conduct repeatedly went far beyond merely irritating and annoying, it was deliberately offensive," he said.
"It included numerous unfounded allegations of professional misconduct and criminal conduct.
"It included multiple threats of criminal or other legal proceedings which were never pursued."
Also included in the summary were copies of several of the more aggressive letters and emails Mr Wilson sent to various people.
Included in this was one letter sent to Council Leader Gerry Clarkson's home address, which addressed him in term as "a buffoon, an a******", a bag of ****" and encouraged him to "do all the young people in Ashford a
service and commit suicide".
He also sent multiple emails concerning a female member of council staff, insulting her peronally by referring to her as "Michilne lady," "this objectionable fat lady" and calling for her to be fired.
In support of an argument that his conduct was appropriate, one piece of evidence that Mr Wilson reportedly submitted to the court was a photo of himself taken with the hashtag "Fat ****" written underneath, presumably taken from social media, although this was not specified.
Mr Solomon said: "The argument goes, insofar as it is coherent, is that if it is OK for people to call the defendant a 'fat ****', it is okay for him to refer to [the victim] in the way that he does".
The council's representative went on to say that they argued this was not an appropriate way to write to the court.
An ABC spokesman said: "The council is delighted with the judgment handed down today confirming that the terms of the interim injunction obtained in July 2020 preventing Mr Wilson from continuing to harass council staff and councillors are now embodied in a final (permanent) injunction.
"The judgment has vindicated the council’s decision to take the unusual step of resorting to litigation in order to protect its staff and councillors".