Long Melford: Homeless alcoholic jailed for breaching restraining order

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

An alcoholic has been jailed for three breaches of a restraining order which prevented him from contacting his daughter.

Neil Jolly, of no fixed abode, admitted the offences which occurred when he went to his former home in Little Mary’s, Long Melford.

The 51-year-old also pleaded guilty to breaching a 12-month community order and failing to attend West Suffolk Magistrates Court on August 5.

Ipswich magistrates were told police were contacted by Jolly’s daughter Stephanie on July 18. She told officers her father was in the garage of the property, which belongs to his mother, refusing to leave.

Prosecutor Stephen Colman said although Miss Jolly was not at the property at the time she was too frightened to return.

When a police officer arrived at the house the doors of the property and garage appeared locked. However, the officer found Jolly in the garage laying on a mattress on the floor. Cans were strewn around nearby.

The court heard Jolly said: “This is my garage. That’s my motorcycle. That’s my stuff. Why should I leave?”

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Magistrates were told a restraining order was previously made against Jolly to protect his daughter from harassment.

There were two other breaches of the order on June 16 and 17.

These included him throwing stones at a window, staring and smirking, leaving voicemail messages, and mouthing words.

Jeremy Kendall, representing Jolly, said: “It is a very sad situation.”

Jolly had lived with his mother until the early part of this year.

The court was told his 24-year-old daughter had moved in, but there were problems and Jolly moved out.

Since then he has been homeless.

Magistrates jailed Jolly for a total of 16 weeks - nine weeks for breaching the restraining order and a further week for failing to attend court on August 5.

They also re-sentenced Jolly for breaching the community order which was imposed for harassment, and imprisoned him for another six weeks.

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