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East Lancashire man breached orders and frightened his 'vulnerable' mum
5:00pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
A 50-YEAR-old man who repeatedly breached a non-molestation order caused his elderly mother ‘considerable distress’, a court was told.
Blackburn magistrates heard that in a little over a month of his mother obtaining the order, David Woodward had breached it three times by going to her home.
And Woodward was warned he had come close to going to prison because of his total failure to comply with the order.
Woodward, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to breaching the order by being on the street where his mother lived.
He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months, made subject to community supervision for 12 months and ordered to pay £80 costs.
Prosecutor Catherine Allan said Woodward’s mother was an elderly lady described as ‘frail and vulnerable’ by the police.
She said: “She sought the order in the first place because he comes to her house and makes a nuisance of himself.
“She says her son frightens her and she is ill with the stress.
“He has clearly caused her considerable distress.”
Andrew Church-Taylor, defending, accepted persistent breaches of a newly-made order would cause the magistrates concern.
He said: “On the other hand, you have breaches that in themselves are minor.
“There was no violence threatened and no abuse.
“He has simply attended at his mother’s house.”