Nuisance ex is jailed over order breach

Chesterfield magistrates court.
Chesterfield magistrates court.

A nuisance boyfriend who breached a restraining order after repeatedly contacting his ex-partner has been jailed for 18 weeks.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Friday how Richard Perrins, 40, of Aspen Court, Grangewood, Chesterfield, was originally given a restraining order in relation to an assault on his partner.

Prosecuting solicitor Sarah Haslam said: “The restraining order was made by the court but since then regular contact has been made with his partner by mobile phone and physical contact by approaching her and in a few cases he’s spoken to her in the street but she has now started to move house.”

The court heard how Perrins’ ex-partner got a call from Perrins telling her to look at her sofa which was checked by her daughter who discovered it had been covered with paint causing £800 of damage.

Perrins admitted breaching his restraining order in June.

Defence solicitor Denny Lau said: “He is not someone who does not want to comply but there are difficulties and he has not complied.

“It’s down to a relationship where both parties have contacted each other and when things have not worked out the complainant has phoned the police and Mr Perrins has been arrested.”

The court confirmed how Perrins has failed to comply with a community order and twice breached his restraining order and opted to resentence the defendant for the original offence of assault.

Magistrates sentenced Perrins to 18 weeks of custody.