‘Just chilling’ order breach

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A man caught on a sofa with a girlfriend he was banned from seeing told police he was “just chilling” with her.

Christopher Short had been prohibited by a court from contacting his partner after he assaulted her twice.

Short, 27, of Buchanan Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a restraining order and breaching a suspended prison sentence.

He was sentenced to 10 weeks’ jail by District Judge Margaret McCormack sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Chrissie Hunt, prosecuting, said following an assault on his partner in January and assaulting her again in June, Short was made the subject of a restraining order.

The order banned him from contacting his girlfriend or going within 50 metres of her address at The Conifers, Hambleton.

On August 2 police received information Short was at his girlfriend’s home.

Officers went there and found him sat on a sofa with her.

It was his second breach of the restraining order.

David Charnley, defending, said Short, who had learning difficulties, had been pestered by his girlfriend to go and see her.

She was scheduled to have an operation later this month and kept asking him to go round and look after her.