The cousin of convicted murderer Kiaran Stapleton, who shot dead Indian student Anuj Bidve on Boxing Day 2011, has been banned from his family home after breaching a court order.
Andrew Burgess, 37, has been locked out of his family home in Regent Square, Ordsall, after breaching the terms of a five-year Suspended Possession Order (SPO) – a requirement preventing anyone at the house being involved in criminal activity.
Stapleton’s parents, Billie Jean, 48, and Anthony, 51, were served with the order after their son’s conviction for the murder of Anuj three years ago.
Sue Sutton, director of customer and neighbourhood services at Salix Homes, who manage the property, said: “We welcome the court’s decision to exclude Andrew Burgess from the Stapleton family home in Ordsall.
“Following the conviction of Kiaran Stapleton for murder in 2011 we have worked very closely with Greater Manchester Police and the courts to prevent illegal activity within the locality of this property, and we hope that the exclusion of Burgess will help us achieve that aim.”
Salix had sought legal action against the Stapletons after Burgess, who had allegedly been living at the property, was arrested at the home in April last year on suspicion of breaking into a garage on Fairbrother Street in Ordsall with intent to steal.
He was later convicted of the offence and jailed for 16 weeks.
A trial was due to take place at Manchester Civil Justice Centre yesterday, however, ahead of the hearing both sides – including Burgess’ family – agreed to ban him from the property.
The court also agreed to extend the order by a further year, the terms stipulating that the Stapletons, or anyone visiting or residing at the property must not cause nuisance or annoyance within the locality.
The order also states the family must not allow the property to be used for immoral or unlawful activity and must not be convicted of an indictable offence within the locality of the property.
The SPO will remain in place until January 7 2019 and if it is breached within that time period, the Stapletons could face eviction from their home.
Ms Sutton added: “We hope this case sends out a clear message that we take any breach of a Court Order very seriously and I’d like to reassure the community that we will be keeping a close eye on the Stapletons and if there are any further breaches of the court order they face a very real risk of eviction.”
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