Daughter spared jail after mum’s plea

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A mum who pleaded for her daughter not to be jailed has been granted her wish by a court.

Natalie Wood’s mum asked for her alcohol-dependant daughter to receive help rather than be sent to prison.

Wood had repeatedly broken a court order banning her from contacting her mum or going to her home.

Wood, of Kent Avenue, Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to three offences of breaching a restraining order.

At the time of the offences she was on a suspended prison sentence imposed for two previous offences of failing to comply with a restraining order not to contact her mother.

She was sentenced to 23 weeks’ jail suspended for 12 months with 20 days rehabilitation supervised by the probation service, fined £50 with £100 costs and ordered to pay a £180 court charge plus £80 victims’ surcharge.

Blackpool magistrates also imposed an indefinite restraining order on her which banned Wood from contacting her 74-year-old mother or entering Medlock Avenue, Fleetwood.

Presiding magistrate, Julie Benson, told Wood: “Make no mistake, if you offend again, it is virtually certain you will go to prison.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Wood had been put on a restraining order until October 28 this year which prohibited her from contacting her mother.

On July 15 Wood’s mum saw her daughter outside her home. Wood was drunk and her mum got a taxi to take her home.

The same day at 3pm Wood phoned her mum’s home, telling her “I’m going to get you.” At 7pm she rang again swearing and shouting abuse.

David Charnley, defending, said: “Her mum said she did not want her daughter to go to prison, she wanted her to get help.

“My client had a very unfortunate childhood and was placed in care.”