Jilted Sunderland boyfriend issued with restraining order after harassing ex-lover breaches ban in matter of hours

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A JILTED boyfriend breached a restraining order – just hours after it was issued.

Adrian Shrubb harassed his ex-girlfriend after she called off their wedding and was slapped with the order at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

But he flouted the ban on contacting the woman just hours after it was made by JPs last month.

At his appearance on June 17, Shrubb told the court he spent thousands wooing his former lover.

But after she ended their relationship, he began turning up at her house and following her on the way to work.

Full-time carer Shrubb admitted one charge of harassment, which took place between May 1 and June 15.

Magistrates imposed a three-month restraining order and fined him £110. But 53-year-old Shrubb telephoned his former partner hours after leaving court.

He was remanded in custody and appeared before District Judge Roger Elsey on this week.

Sentencing him to a 28-day curfew, the district judge said: “You now know that the court effects its order and does not tolerate any breaches.

“I take account that you pleaded guilty and are a man of good character and your experience 
in prison will have been a hard one.”

Shrubb will be electronically tagged and must obey a curfew between 9.30pm and 6.30am.

It is the second time the former court security worker has breached a legal order.

When the victim first complained to police, Shrubb was issued with a harassment order by officers, preventing him from contacting her or going to her home address, but the following day, he passed a letter to one of her friends.

He was arrested and bailed, but the pestering continued, with him leaving a bag of gifts hanging from the door of her home.

When he was arrested, Shrubb, from Mowbray Road, Sunderland, admitted he had been issued with a harassment order, but said he had not read it.

Jason Smith, mitigating at the hearing in June, said the couple were due to get married when “out of the blue” she called the relationship off.

He said: “Mr Shrubb had spent his life savings doing up her garden and arranging for their honeymoon, and had given her money for a wedding dress and bought a wedding ring.

“Everything was going swimmingly, and out of the blue, without any form of warning whatsoever, she stopped it without any form of explanation.”

Mr Elsey also ordered Shrubb to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £50 towards court costs.