Pensioner Jailed For Playing Classic FM Too Loudly Dies In Prison

What a way to go.

An 83-year-old man who was jailed for repeatedly blasting Classic FM in his home has died while serving his sentence.

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Ian Trainer was jailed for 24 weeks back in February after he breached a condition of a restraining order. But he was jailed again after continuing to breach the order when he was released.

The pensioner was initially given the restraining order in 2019, prohibiting him from playing ‘any audio at a volume above normal talking level’ between the hours of 9am and 10pm, after neighbours complained.

Well the octogenarian completely ignored this order and wound up back in prison where he has now died, although the Ministry of Justice has not commented on the cause of death, announcing only the following (via Metro):

HMP Liverpool prisoner Ian Trainer died in hospital on 23 November.

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed.

One time when police turned up at Ian’s house, he told them ‘I like playing music at a level I enjoy’ as he was arrested for breaching the restraining order.

He also reportedly said he had a bad cold and ‘could only hear in one ear’, and told officers that being on steroids for a medical condition meant he couldn’t wear headphones as they ‘irritated his ears’.

When sentencing Ian to 24 weeks in prison for breaching the order, the judge told the court he had ‘played music at a level that caused distress’.

Man, how sad is that? From the sounds of it, Ian couldn’t enjoy music unless it was really loud, and headphones were a no-go because they irritated his ears. Seems a bit extreme for an 83-year-old man to end up in prison over it, but I guess that’s what happens when you repeatedly blare music at antisocial hours and refuse to stop, no matter how many times you’re warned.

Also, unless you’ve lived next to someone who delights in deliberately playing loud music all day, you really don’t know how annoying and upsetting it can be. It will pretty much ruin your day and make you miserable forever. So I can sympathise with Ian Trainer’s neighbours grassing him up, even if the ending is sad and seems like an injustice.

RIP Ian Trainer – hope your hearing is restored in heaven and you’re enjoying those Classic FM tunes in the sky.

For the 81-year-old pensioner who joined a gang because he was lonely, click HERE. Let’s hope he doesn’t meet the same fate.


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