A MAN who is banned by a court from seeing his ex-partner was found hiding in her bedroom cupboard,
Luther Smith was made the subject of a five-year restraining order after the breakdown of his relationship with the mother of his child, Durham Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor John Wilkinson said: “Smith was in prison when he made several attempts by telephone to contact the woman.
“The calls, made to people who knew her, were recorded by the prison.
“Among the things Smith said was that he would get her house blitzed, apparently because he was upset she was seeing someone else.”
The court heard that when Smith was released he went to see the woman at her home in Easington and moved in with her.
“Police executed a search warrant at the property for an unrelated matter,” said Mr Wilkinson. “Officers asked about Smith and were suspicious of the answers they received. A further search of the house found him upstairs in a bedroom cupboard.
“The woman refused to co-operate with the police other than to say she and Smith were trying to work things out.”
Smith, 22, of Hambledon Place, Peterlee, admitted breach of a restraining order in April and July of this year.
He has previous convictions for offences of assault, dishonesty, and for breaching an anti-social behaviour order.
Martin Scarborough, defending, said: “At the time Mr Smith was found in her house they both wanted to rekindle the relationship.
“They both now accept the relationship is over and want to move on in their lives,
“Mr Smith clearly breached the order, but he has spent more than 200 days in prison on remand which the court may feel is sufficient punishment.
Judge Christopher Prince sentenced Smith to a two-year supervision order.
The judge said: “Any prison sentence I pass within the sentencing guidelines would result in your immediate release with no follow-up.
“This supervision order means the probation service have some control over you.”
The judge reminded Smith the restraining order remains in force until February, 2016.