Search

Bramfield man jailed for breaching restraining order

PUBLISHED: 09:03 08 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:21 08 March 2019

William Crump, of Bury St Edmunds, is accused of assaulting his partner, Ipswich Crown Court heard  Picture: ARCHANT

William Crump, of Bury St Edmunds, is accused of assaulting his partner, Ipswich Crown Court heard Picture: ARCHANT

A Suffolk fencing contractor who sent a former partner messages containing sexual jokes in breach of a court order has been jailed for 29 weeks.

Joseph Steel flouted a restraining order banning him from contacting the woman two weeks after the order was made, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Steel, 37, of The Street, Bramfield, Halesworth, admitted acting in breach of a restraining order made by magistrates on June 13 last year by sending Instagram messages to the woman.

He also admitted being in breach of a nine week prison sentence suspended for 12 months which was also made on June 13 last year.

Sentencing him Judge Martyn Levett made a further restraining order banning him from contacting the woman for two years.

The court heard that Steel has been in custody since February 6.

Paul Donegan, for Steel, said his client had no contact with the criminal justice system until he was 36 and his offending arose out of his relationship with his former partner.

He said the Instagram messages weren’t seen by the complaint until some time after they were posted because she hadn’t been using her account.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Most Read

Latest from the East Anglian Daily Times