14th October 2017
A man's been sentenced for staging a 57 hour rooftop protest at the Tarporley home of former Crewe & Nantwich MP Edward Timpson.
A 60 year old man has been sentenced, having been found guilty of staging a rooftop protest at the Tarporley home of former Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson.
Fathers for Justice campaigner Eugene Lukjanenko spent 57 hours on the former Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families’s property earlier this year.
He was talked down by trained negotiators on the evening of Monday May 8, 2017. He was spotted taking ladders to the property wearing a yellow t-shirt with the word “adoption” written on it a couple of days prior.
Chester Magistrates Court heard how he’d staged the protest to get his son out of foster care.
Kate Marchuk, Senior Crown Prosecutor with MerseyCheshire Crown Prosecution Service, said, “Lukjanenko had placards and banners on the roof and used a megaphone to issue his demands.
“He said he was unhappy with the arrangements for his son who was in foster care and that he was concerned about him.
“But instead of trying to deal with this through the normal channels, he took the law into his own hands and caused considerable distress to Mr Timpson and his family.
“The Crown Prosecution Service prosecuted the defendant for his actions, as they amounted to harassment. Lukjanenko is now facing the consequences.”
Lukjanenko was given a jail term, suspended for two years, of 26 weeks for harassment and four weeks for knowingly contravening the directions of a police officer.
He must also carry out 250 hours worth of unpaid work.