Grantham court: Night visit to girlfriend breached court order

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A 26-year-old breached a restraining order by spending the night with his girlfriend at The Grantham Project housing scheme.

Ciaran McCool, of Stone Mason Court, Grantham, went to William Street on May 28 despite being prohibited from going there by a restraining order.

A support worker for residents at the housing project knew about the order and on learning that McCool had visited was concerned given the presence of vulnerable women, outlined prosecutor Shelley Wilson.

The support worker then checked CCTV and saw McCool entering the site at 8.30pm, going to the bathroom once and then leaving at 10.30am, at which point he stuck a finger up at the camera.

This was subsequently reported to police who arrested and interviewed McCool. He said that although the order did not expire until May 2015 he had been told the two ladies it concerned had left two prohibited addresses and that the ban on visiting had been lifted.

In McCool’s defence, Bill Fraser told the court that his client had never received all the paperwork concerning the order and therefore there was some confusion over its extent.

Mr Fraser explained that McCool had gone to see his girlfriend for the night and was not there to cause any trouble, especially as the women to which the order concerned were no longer residents.

Magistrates fined McCool £95, and also ordered him to pay £85 in prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge, while the restraining order not to visit two addresses on William Street and Commercial Road remains in place.