Repeat offender escapes jail again

A BIRSTALL man has escaped with a suspended jail sentence after breaching a court order which prevented him from contacting his ex.

Nigel Radcliffe was banned from going to his former partner’s flat in Batley, and from contacting her, after an incident of aggression at her home last year.

But the 53-year-old turned up at her house soon after the non-molestation order had been made, ringing the buzzer to her flat. The woman ignored him.

Radcliffe then sent her two texts, with one saying: “See you in court, you liar.”

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard that Radcliffe was confused as to when the court order started and had only gone to his ex’s home to pick up his belongings. 

He claimed in mitigation  that one of the texts was meant to go to his mother. 

Radcliffe, of Gelderd Road, Birstall, pleaded guilty to breaching a non-molestation order and was sentenced to eight weeks in prison suspended for two years.

District Judge Adrian Lower said that Radcliffe had breached similar orders five times in the last year,.

The judge ordered him to pay a £115 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.

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