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Man Handed Jail Term After 'Flouting' Court Order

Friday August 16 2013

Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court

A MAN has been handed a ten-week jail term after a chance meeting with his ex-girlfriend.

Nicholas Mark Charles Kemp's encounter with Jordan Conway, 20, led to him breaching a two-year ban on contacting her, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Kemp, 21, who also breached the terms of a suspended prison sentence, was telephoned by Miss Conway, said Chantel Lowery-Green, prosecuting.

"Miss Conway met the defendant and she said she would do everything to get back with him," said Mrs Lowery-Green. "The couple left on good terms. There was another meeting and Miss Conway, who is 21 weeks pregnant, said she was not put under pressure.

"My concern is that the breach of the ban on contacting Miss Conway came barely a month after it was imposed."

Mrs Lowery-Green said Kemp's assault involved him pushing Miss Horner in the stomach, biting her lip and headbutting her.

Jamie Wake, defending, said Kemp, of St Michael's Avenue, Monk Bretton, had acted stupidly. She described Miss Conway as someone he cared for deeply and was Kemp's first 'real' girlfriend.

She said Miss Conway was not frightened of Kemp and felt the ban on them contacting each other was unnecessary. Miss Wake said Miss Conway wanted Kemp to take on the role of a father when her child is born.

District Judge John Foster accused Kemp, who admitted breaching the restraining order and the terms of his 16-week suspended jail sentence, of 'flouting' the order.

Mr Foster said: "There are conflicting aspects to this case. It appears this woman approached you.

"The restraining order was imposed for an appalling piece of domestic violence.

"You cannot see each other when you want. This is a court order and I have no doubt you were told that the consequences would be if you breached it.

"If this woman wants to resume your relationship, she must apply to the court to get it lifted."

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