Breached non-molestation order

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For breaching a non molestation order a 31-year-old man was sentenced to four months in prison last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

And suspended sentences were also put into operation to run consecutively making a total of eight months in custody.

Paul Davidson, Westland Road, Portadown, appeared in court by way of videolink from Maghaberry prison.

He had pleaded guilty to breaching a non molestation order on April 6, this case and sentencing had been adjourned so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.

The court heard that police went to Jervis Street in Portadown after the injured party claimed that her ex-partner had breached a non molestation order.

While police were there Davidson returned to the house.

He said: “She entrapped me.”

Mr Brendan Hagan, representing the defendant, said Davidson had been in a relationship with the injured party for eight years.

He explained that the defendant had secured a flat in Portadown and the couple were calling one and another on a daily basis.

Mr Hagan added that the relationship was sometimes fractious when Davidson had taken too much alcohol and the injured party would tell him not to come round to the house.

But, he continued, Davidson ignored her and came round to the house. He has to recognise that the relationship is over.

Deputy District Judge Paul Conway said the court had to protect this lady from the defendant who has the illness of alcoholism.