Grantham court: Former partner breached order with contact in shopping centre

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A 26-year-old man breached a non-molestation order when he spoke to his ex-partner in the Isaac Newton Centre.

Ashley James Toulson, of Edward Street, Grantham, had denied the breach but was found guilty at trial. He was sentenced on Monday after a report was prepared by probation officers.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare said that Toulson’s former partner was in the Isaac Newton Centre on January 28 when she heard a voice behind her calling her a “f****** bitch”. She said it was Toulson who appeared to be laughing.

She went to get some cash and then continued walking through the centre but Toulson followed her. She said he “sounded nasty” and she felt “intimidated and frightened” and felt “panicky”.

Rob Arthur, defending, said Toulson denied the comments his ex-partner said he made in the shopping centre. Mr Arthur said there were no independent witnesses and no CCTV evidence.

He said Toulson was upset because he could not see his child and he was particularly aggrieved because he was the one with something to lose by not being able to get contact with his child.

The court heard that Toulson now had a new partner and they have a child. He lives with his mother and is in full-time work.

Magistrates gave Toulson a 12 month community order with 120 hours of unpaid work. A restraining order was made against him which forbids him from contacting his ex-partner and attending her address. He was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a victime surcharge of £60.