Dad jailed over Christmas after threats to his ex

Blackpool Magistrates court

Blackpool Magistrates court

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A dad who broke the law straight after being allowed his freedom by a court will be spending Christmas in jail.

Kriss Wilkes, who said he committed the crimes to see his baby daughter, wept throughout the court hearing and as he was led down to the cells by a security officer.

I’ll kill you if you don’t come down

Wilkes, 23, of Derby Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to two offences of breaching a restraining order not to contact his former girlfriend.
Jim Mowbray, prosecuting, said Wilkes had been put on a two-year restraining order not to contact his ex by a crown court judge after he assaulted and threatened his former partner.

On December 4, Wilkes was seen at an address his ex was at. He tried to run from officers but was cornered.

On December 5 he appeared at court and was bailed. About half-an-hour after he was at the address his ex was staying at, shouting at her “I’ll kill you if you don’t come down.”

Brett Chappell, defending, told magistrates his client, on licence from prison, said with the help of the probation service was now alcohol and drug-free for the first time in several years.

Wilkes had a 10-month-old baby daughter with his ex. His relationship with his former girlfriend was over but he wanted to see his child.
After being bailed Wilkes went back to the friend’s address. He had not realised his ex was still there.

Wilkes was sentenced to 98 days’ prison and ordered to pay a £180 court charge with £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Elizabeth Lynch, told him: “You committed the second offence while on bail. We feel this was intentional and fear would have been caused.”