Jail for Kingston man over £4,000 unpaid council tax

A Kingston man who owes more than £4,000 in council tax is behind bars after failing to follow a court order to pay up.

Kazimierz Walendykiewicz, aged 58, of Old London Road was jailed for 14 days earlier this week when he appeared before Lavender Hill Magistrates.

In April last year Walendykiewicz was found guilty of culpable neglect, given a 14-day suspended sentence and ordered to pay Kingston Council £100 a month by Richmond Magistrates.

He said then that he could not afford to pay but the court heard that he had not supplied relevant evidence when applying for Council Tax Benefit and had not requested an appeal when informed that he was not entitled to benefit.

He was also found to be sub-letting rooms at his home, deriving extra income, and admitted that his daughter and her partner sometimes lived there. 

Walendykiewicz failed to make the payments and was jailed for 14 days when he was brought back to court. 

Councillor Rolson Davies, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Finance and Resources, said: 

"The message must be made clear to all who break the law that we will take action and prison can be a consequence."