Man in breach of order by one hour

Swindon Crown Court

Swindon Crown Court

First published in News

A MAN who breached a restraining order by contacting his estranged wife too early in the morning has been released on bail by a judge.

The injunction allowed Bob Turner to contact his wife Liz between 9am and midday, as they live nearby and still ran a business together.

But on Sunday October 13 last year the 55-year-old went to speak to her at about 8am in the morning and the police were called after they ended up arguing about money.

Turner, of Beechley Fields, Minety, pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order when he appeared at Swindon Crown Court. He denied a second charge of breaching the order, imposed at Gloucester Crown Court in January 2012, by contacting his son and also assaulting him.

Hannah Squire, prosecuting, said the Crown were aware of the pleas and would not seek a trial on the other matters.

Rob Ross, defending, said: “The restraining order is quite curious in that it says he is prohibited from contacting directly or indirectly his son and Elizabeth Turner, save between 9am and 12 midday or by prior arrangement.

The parties have ended up where they are all living in separate caravans at the same address which is owned by Mr Turner.

Judge Douglas Field adjourned the case to Friday January 24. He released Turner on bail on condition he does not contact his son or wife, save through solicitors, and not to go to Minety.

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