A local man who cited ancient articles from the Magna Carta to avoid paying a council tax debt, has been sentenced to 25 days in jail.Oliver Pinnock, 36, from Priorywood Crescent, Leigh, refused to pay a debt of £875.44, despite several reminders and warnings since November 2015 that his refusal to pay could lead to committal to prison.
Robinson held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and won the world middleweight title in the latter year.
However, as the council officers made it clear to Pinnock that council tax is a debt payable without the need for a contract or agreement and it is detailed in the Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992.
Joe Chesterton, the council’s director of finance and resources, says: “Council tax is not an optional payment, and whilst none of us like paying tax, it is essential to fund the various public services that people rely on daily.
Robinson's performances in the welterweight and middleweight divisions prompted sportswriters to create "pound for pound" rankings, where they compared fighters regardless of weight.
He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.