Chesterfield ex-boyfriend back in court for breaching restraining order

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A man who was subject to a restraining order not to contact his ex-girlfriend has landed himself back in court after alerting police over concerns for her safety.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, November 11, how Louis Grainger, 23, of Chaucer Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, had been in contact via Facebook despite Grainger’s restraining order and they had been talking about getting back together.

But prosecuting solicitor Sarah Haslam said that after Grainger told her it would not work he became concerned she may begin self-harming so he alerted police and was arrested for breaching his restraining order.

Miss Haslam said: “Since the beginning of October they have been in communication by Facebook and they were talking about getting back together.

“He said the relationship would not work because he didn’t trust her and he decided not to have anything to do with her and she became upset and began self-harming so he phoned police.

“It was done out of concern for the victim but in effect he had breached his restraining order.”

The court heard how Grainger’s restraining order, which is in place until June, 2017, was imposed after a threatening behaviour conviction from June, this year.

Grainger pleaded guilty to contacting his ex-girlfriend between October 5 and 22 when he was prohibited from doing so by the restraining order.

Defending solicitor Matt Evans said: “Mr Grainger is not a first time offender but deserves credit because he has pleaded guilty to this breach at the first opportunity.

“His ex-partner initially made contact and he made contact back and he called police in her interests. There had been texts she was going to harm herself.”

The case was adjourned until December 2 to allow magistrates to consider a pre-sentence report from the probation service.

Grainger was released on unconditional bail with a continuation of his restraining order.