22 March 2018
Rogue Sheffield landlord John Mark Cashin, narrowly escaped prison today at his hearing sentencing at Sheffield Crown Court.
On 5th September 2017, Mr Cashin pleaded guilty to two offences of harassment against Mr Joseph Adesina formerly of 61 Woodstock Road, Sheffield and Ms Holly Binns, formerly of 38 Sheldon Road, Sheffield.
Mr Cashin has a catalogue of offences that he has previously been prosecuted by the Council for, as well as other previous offences for harassment, including a racially aggravated incident on a petrol station forecourt and a harassment offence against the manager of the team in the Council that brought the prosecution.
In sentencing Mr Cashin, the Judge, Recorder M Simpson gave a strong and clear message to all rogue landlords by saying that ‘you and those like you regard yourself above the law and you are not’. He said ‘tenants are entitled to the full protection of the law and the courts will support that’. In summing up recorder Simpson said: ‘I hope that the message I have sent out is that the local authority can look to the court when landlords think that they are above the law’. He added that local authorities should be encouraged to bring these cases.
The judge described Mr Cashin as using half-baked licences and Mickey Mouse Notices to Quit.
Mr Cashin’s co-defendant in relation to Mr Adesina, Rory Taylor, was found guilty after trial by jury in the Crown Court on 21 February 2018 and today also received a sentence for his part in these acts. He received two concurrent 12 week prison sentences, suspended for 12 months.
The judge described it as marginal that he had elected to suspend Mr Cashin’s prison sentences, saying that the offences were serious enough for Mr Cashin to have been sent to prison but that he was suspending the custodial sentences because of his specific personal circumstances.
He sentenced Mr Cashin to a total of 18 weeks imprisonment suspended for 2 years and ordered a 15 day rehabilitation activity requirement. He was also ordered to pay costs of £2,400 towards the Council’s costs.
Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety said: “The judge summed this up perfectly. He saw through Mr Cashin’s excuses, and exposed him as a man who, if he doesn’t get his own way – forces his own way. Although the judge decided to suspend the prison sentence, we are very pleased with the message he gave.
“People can be reassured that the Council does and will carry on prosecuting landlords that bully and threaten their tenants. This is not tolerated in our city. We will continue to promote the rights of private tenants, so that there is justice and fairness in the private rented sector.”