Sheffield landlord locked up after throwing tenant on street

Landlord Jay Allen has been jailed.
Landlord Jay Allen has been jailed.

A BULLYING landlord who threw a tenant out onto the streets without his shoes when he failed to pay his rent on time has been jailed.

Jay Allen – who was cleared of conspiring to murder a takeaway driver two years ago – forced Chris Blades to leave his home on Handsworth Road, Sheffield, after he ran up £900 of arrears.

Allen, aged 30, of Padley Way, Sheffield Lane Top, forcibly evicted Mr Blades from the shared house without obtaining a proper court order, recruiting stocky pal Razwan Mohammed, 32, to shove him out of the door.

When Mr Blades, 28, told Allen, who has previous convictions for assault and affray, that he was breaking the law, the landlord replied: ‘Do I look like I care?’

Judge Roger Keen QC said Allen, who earns £2,000 a month from seven properties, tried to ‘dominate and frighten’ his tenant.

Jailing him for nine months, the judge said: “You decided that because the rent had not been paid you were going to evict the tenant unless he came up with the money immediately, which was impossible.

“Using your considerable presence, together with that of your co-accused, you went to dominate, frighten and overwhelm Mr Blades.”

A jury of eight women and four men took more than six-and-a-half hours to convict Allen and Mohammed of unlawful eviction.

Mohammed, of Orgreave Lane, Orgreave, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for a year, with a seven-day tagged curfew from 7pm to 6am.

Afterwards, clothes shop assistant Mr Blades said he was happy with the sentence.

He added: “I wasn’t expecting Jay Allen to be sent down, I thought he would get a fine.”

Allen was one of six men who went on trial charged with conspiracy to murder Safrajur Jahangir, 23, who was shot behind the wheel of his car in Shirecliffe, in August 2009.

But the nine-week trial collapsed after defence lawyers discovered they had not been shown potentially vital evidence.