An 83-year-old prisoner has died while serving his sentence after he was put behind bars for "playing classical music too loud," the Minister of Justice has confirmed.
Ian Trainer had been sentenced earlier this year to 24 weeks in jail for playing Classic FM at home at a volume "above talking level."
He was put behind bars on February 6 after he was found to have breathed a condition of a restraining order.
However, upon his release the pensioner was jailed again for continuing to breach the order.
Trainer, from Eton Drive, Aintree, was given a restraining order in 2019 which prohibited him from playing – between the hours of 9am and 10pm – “any audio at a volume above normal talking level” which was considered to be above 65 decibels.
However despite having previously been jailed for the same offence, on his release Trainer continued to play loud music.
On Friday, the MOJ confirmed to the ECHO Trainer had sadly died in hospital.
A Prison Service spokesman said: “HMP Liverpool prisoner Ian Trainer died in hospital on 23 November.
"The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed.”
The spokesman did not confirm the cause of Trainer's death and said it was a matter for the coroner, repots Liverpool Echo.
At a hearing in February , Liverpool Magistrates Cour t heard how Trainer’s neighbour, Thomas Michael Thompson, had experienced “noise pollution” from his neighbour's property for a number of years.
On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, a police officer attended Trainer's property after being called out for a complaint of noise by Mr Thompson.
However the court heard, when the officer arrested him on suspicion of breaching a condition of a restraining order, Trainer told the officer “I like playing music at a level I enjoy.”
The statement, read in court, also reported that Trainer had said he had a bad cold and “could only hear in one ear”.
He also told the officer that being on steroids for a medical condition meant he couldn't wear headphones as they “irritated his ears.”
Sentencing Trainer to 24 weeks in prison for breaching the order, the judge told the court he had "played music at a level that caused distress”.
Trainer was also ordered to pay court costs of £600, and a further victim surcharge to Mr Thompson of £122.
The pensioner appeared again at Liverpool Crown Court in June via video link from HMP Altcourse, and was remanded in custody.
He faced allegations of breaching the court order again by playing music too loudly.
Trainer did plead not guilty to the charge, claiming the accusations were "malicious lies."
He also said he had at the time "underlying health problems."
It is nor clear whether Trainer, who had been before the courts multiple times in recent years relating to noise complaints, had been convicted of the new allegations at the time of his death.