Bail breach in resort court foyer

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A man breached his bail only minutes after being granted it by magistrates when he went up to his former girlfriend in the court foyer and declared his love for her.

Clifford Norton, 34, approached his ex after she gave evidence against him.

Norton, who had just been convicted of assaulting his former girlfriend after she testified against him, told her: “I love you. I guess we are not going to get married. I brought a ring to court.”

Norton, of Boothley Road, Layton, pleaded guilty to breaching his bail. Blackpool Magistrates agreed to rebail him.

Chrissie Hunt, prosecuting, said Norton went on trial on July 24 and was convicted of assaulting his former partner. He was bailed for pre-sentence reports on the condition he did not contact his ex except through solicitors over contact with his child and told to wait in the foyer for his bail notice.

His former girlfriend was in the waiting area. He went up to her and made comments about loving her. It was his second breach of bail.

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, told the judge: “He maintains she spoke to him first. He accepts he should have turned his back and walked away.”