An 83-year-old pensioner who was jailed after playing Classic FM too loudly in his home has died in prison.
Ian Trainer, who over the years has been repeatedly jailed, died in hospital on November 23.
In 2019, the pensioner from Eton Drive, Aintree, Merseyside, was given a restraining order. This prohibited him from playing music – between the hours of 9 am and 10 pm – at “any audio at a volume above normal talking level”, which was deemed to be at 65 decimals.
Yet despite being returned to jail repeatedly for the same offence, Trainer was returned to custody after finishing a short sentence in February, as he continued to play his music above an acceptable level.
Trainer’s death has been confirmed by the MOJ and a prison service spokesperson said: “HMP Liverpool prisoner Ian Trainer died in hospital on 23 November.
“The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed.”
The cause of the pensioner’s death is yet to be confirmed and the spokesperson added that it was a matter for the coroner.
At Liverpool Magistrates Court in February, a hearing took place and it was heard how Trainer’s neighbour, Thomas Michael Thompson, had complained of “noise pollution” from his neighbour’s property and that it had been an issue for a number of years.
A police officer attended Trainer’s property on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, after a noise complaint was received from Thompson.
It was heard by the court how the officer arrested the 83-year-old on suspicion of breaching a condition of his restraining order. Reportedly, Trainer told the officer: “I like playing music at a level I enjoy.”
Earlier this year, the Liverpool Echo reported how Trainer had been suffering from a bad cold and had been unable to hear out of one of his ears. Due to being on steroids for a medical condition, he was unable to wear earphones.
The pensioner’s death has caused much anger across the neighbourhood.
One person commented: “Absolutely disgraceful to jail a pensioner for playing loud music as he is deaf, may you hang your heads in shame over this. Surely he should have been helped not jailed.”
Another added: “This poor man should have been treated for his ears or his mental health looked at as to why he kept on breaching the restrictions.”
However, some agreed with the court’s decision and said there hadn’t been much choice, as Trainer continued to breach his restraining order.
Discussing the issue, a person said: “This didn’t happen just recently. This had been going on for years and he wasn’t interested in changing.
“Yes, it is sad that be has died but the solution was in his own hands and he refused to change.”