Ex-partner faces jail after breaching orders in Chesterfield

Chesterfield magistrates' court.

Chesterfield magistrates' court.

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A man faces a possible custodial sentence after he breached restraining and non-molestation orders by repeatedly contacting his ex-partner.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on April 8 how Robert Evans, 30, admitted committing the two offences when he contacted his ex at her home in Wadshelf, Chesterfield.

Prosecuting solicitor Peter Bettany said: “They had been in a relationship since she was 14-years-old and they had their first child in 2010 and the relationship became violent and they had a second child in 2014 but the relationship continued to be bad.”

Mr Bettany explained the couple’s children went into care and when Evans became abusive the complainant moved to a refuge. The defendant continued texting and phoning and the complainant met him, according to Mr Bettany, because she had no other support. The court heard Evans’s ex moved to Chesterfield but later told him where she was staying and he came to her home but she told him to leave.

The complainant said she was forced to go back into a refuge where Evans still called her.

Evans, of Thompson Close, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, pleaded guilty to contacting his ex between July 1 and December 31 when he was prohibited from doing so by a non-molestation order and a restraining order.

Defence solicitor Liz Anderton argued it was contact from the complainant that alerted Evans to her whereabouts and she had invited him to her home where he decorated and built a sofa.

Magistrates indicated custody is a possibility but adjourned the case to consider a probation report before sentencing on April 29.

Evans was released on bail on the grounds he does not contact the complainant.