How a wedding proposal landed this Sunderland man in jail

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A MAN has been jailed after he proposed to his ex-girlfriend while being the subject of a restraining order prohibiting him from making contact with her.

Colin Adam Thompson had been in a relationship with the woman but it broke down when he was given a prison sentence.

This man has been abandoned by his family and has been living rough in tents and gardens. He doesn’t have the tools to deal with a relationship quite frankly and has very low self-esteem.

One evening last month, Thompson, 27, saw the woman in Sinatra’s bar, Holmeside, in Sunderland city centre, and pursued her, in an incident which saw her fall to the ground.

Thompson then began texting the woman and after meeting up with her later that month, popped the question, despite having a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting her until October 2016.

Prosecutor Paul Anderson told city magistrates: “The woman went out of Sinatra’s towards Yates and was approached by the defendant, who began calling her names.

“He swung his arms out as if he had punched her and she fell before getting back to her feet.”

On another occasion, Thompson texted the woman using his mobile phone to ask if she was OK when there were worries over her whereabouts.

Then, one day last month, he went to the woman’s home and produced a wedding ring. “The defendant continued to contact her via text basically asking to get back with him.

“He came and spent a couple of hours at her home and even presented her with a present, a ring.

“She then got a phone call and said she had to head out when he “flipped a switch” and he started asking for the ring back.

Thompson is then said to have told the woman he had had relations with other women during their relationship.

Mr Anderson added: “There was a struggle with pushing involved before she became hysterical. The police came and arrested the defendant.”

Thompson, of Tatham Lodge, in Hendon, admitted three allegations of breaching a restraining order against the woman.

Richard Rodger, defending, said: “The first incident is not really what happened at all.

“What he says is that on release from prison in January he did meet her by chance in the city centre and they then spent time together.

“She didn’t seem then to mind about the restraining order.

“During the evening at Sinatra’s she was causing a disturbance.

“He stayed at the scene and he was the one who called the police to make them aware that she was on the ground.”

Mr Rodger added: “On the night when he gives her the ring, he proposes and she accepts. He tells me she plays him like the fiddle.

“This man has been abandoned by his family and has been living rough in tents and gardens. He doesn’t have the tools to deal with a relationship quite frankly and has very low self-esteem.

“He needs some support without a shadow of a doubt.”

“He has to stand on his own two feet instead of using somebody else as a crutch.”

Chairman of the bench Tom Eastick sentenced Thompson to a total of 26 weeks in prison and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £80.

The restraining order against the woman will remain in place until October 2016.