Man jailed after breaching restraining order because his son was ill

Beverley Magistrates Court ps1005-19
Beverley Magistrates Court ps1005-19

A Flamborough man has been jailed for breaching a restraining order which prevented him from visiting his ex-partner.

Daniel Hall, 23, of Church Lane, visited his ex-partner after she contacted him to say their son was ill, East Riding Magistrates’ Court heard.

Defending, Ed Cunnah said: “Mr Hall accepts that he wasn’t allowed to do that, but the only reason he went was because he was told his son was ill.”

The court heard that the visit developed into an argument, and that Hall again visited her two days later, early in the morning, to say sorry.

“He was still feeling upset about the fact that there was no longer to be a relationship between them,” said Mr Cunnah.

The restraining order prevented Hall from “harassing and pestering” his ex-partner and from going within 50 metres of her home. It had only been imposed at the end of last month after he pleaded guilty to assaulting her and damaging her car. At the same time he was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for a year.

Activating that sentence and adding on another eight weeks, district judge Frederick Rutherford told Hall: “Within days of the order being made, you decided to breach it by going to the address, for whatever reason, and that culminated in abuse of the person who the order was supposed to protect.”

Mr Cunnah told the court that it was “really sad” that Hall had only just landed a job as a digger driver in Hull on a site where work was set to last three or four years.

At the earlier hearing he also pleaded guilty to assaulting a man, to whom he was ordered to pay £50 compensation. Hall also admitted breaching a community order by failing to attend for unpaid work. He was supported in court by his father.