Man ‘paranoid’ over leg tag

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A man cut off his tag and committed his sixth offence of breaching a restraining order when he went to see his girlfriend.

Steven Fleming told police he had removed his tag because he was paranoid about it and his girlfriend had invited him to her home.

Fleming, 36, of Linden Place, Bispham, pleaded guilty to two offences of failing to comply with a restraining order, an offence of breaching bail and three offences of shoplifting.

He was sentenced to 70 days in prison by Blackpool magistrates who said he had persistently refused to obey court orders.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the 18 months restraining order prohibited Fleming from contacting his girlfriend.

On July 20 at 1am police went to the girlfriend’s address in Westland Court and found Fleming asleep there.

He was woken up and was found to have removed the electronic tag monitoring the overnight curfew he was meant to keep at his home.

When interviewed Fleming said he had become paranoid about the tag and cut it off. Robert Castle, defending, said Fleming’s girlfriend had invited him to go to her address because she was in distress and could not cope.

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