Christmas access to daughter led dad to breach court order


A 49-year-old Clitheroe man contacted his ex-partner when he felt he had been let down by her over Christmas access to their two-year-old daughter.

But Blackburn magistrates heard the text messages sent to his ex-partner by John Andrew Stevenson put him in breach of a non-molestation order.

However, Mr Richard Prew, in mitigation for Stevenson, said the messages were not threatening in any way.

“He was distraught and crying when he texted her,” said Mr Prew.

“He was sitting waiting for his daughter, with all her presents out ready, and his ex-partner let him down. It wasn’t the first time and all their problems have been as a result of problems with access to the child.

“He would have nothing to do with his ex-partner if it wasn’t for their child,” Mr Prew added.

Stevenson, of Manor Road, Clitheroe, admitted three charges of breaching a non-molestation order made in favour of his ex-partner. He was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £165 costs.

He was also made subject to a restraining order for 12 months.

Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said the non-molestation order was served on Stevenson on December 20th and the first breach was just eight days later.