E-mail proved to be expensive for Grantham man

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A man admitted being in breach of a court order after sending an e-mail.

Stephen Langley, formerly of Grantham but now living in Willesden Avenue in Peterborough, was given a non-molestation order preventing him from contacting a named woman.

Langley, 30, sent an e-mail to a family member of the complainant about statements made during a family hearing. Langley asked in the e-mail if the contents of the message could be read to the woman which breached the order prohibiting contact by any means.

Judith Armstrong, defending, said Langley wanted to raise a concern but did not know how best to go about it.

She said: “He was struggling for a way he should go about it. Clearly, contacting the complainant’s family was not the right way.”

George Hoyles, chairman of magistrates, said: “You were in a difficult position but the order was made and, in the circumstances, you bent the rules.

“It’s quite a difficult one for us to adjudicate on. You have committed an offence but you were ignorant of the rules at the time.”

Langley was fined £190 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £20 surcharge.