Pensioner breached restraining order

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A PENSIONER banned from contacting his daughter shouted “upsetting and offensive” remarks from across the road, a court heard.

Ian Jeffrey also followed Lynn Jeffrey, also known as Thornton, and her partner James Walmsley, telling them: “I want my dog and my daughter back.”

Pennine magistrates were told how Jeffrey, a former police mechanic, was the subject of a restraining order imposed in January, prohibiting him from contacting Ms Jeffrey and from going within 100 metres of her address in Leeds Road. The order had been made after the defendant was convicted of common assault and lasts until 2014.

The defendant (69), of Smith Street, Nelson, admitted allegations of breaching a restraining order, using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour and failing to surrender. He was given a nine-month community order, with supervision. The Bench revoked the restraining order and made a new two-year restraining order. Jeffrey is not allowed to contact Ms Jeffrey or Mr Walmsley and is not allowed in Leeds Road.

Mrs Alex Mann (prosecuting) said the breaches took place as Ms Jeffrey was leaving her house with Mr Walmsley. The defendant had been across the road. Ms Jeffrey feared her father might hurt her. He had a record which started in 2007.

Mr John Nuttall, for Jeffrey, said he had mental health difficulties and police regularly obtained psychiatric assessment before they dealt with him. The defendant was often homeless.

Jeffrey had been told the best thing he could do was to move away to stop encounters with his daughter, but he had always lived in this area and for someone his age, it was easier to say than do.