Man jailed for breaking curfew

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A GAINSBOROUGH man who repeatedly broke a curfew order imposed by a court has been jailed for four weeks.

Jim Smith was given 28 days jail time when he appeared before Lincoln Crown Court on Monday 23rd May.

Previously, Smith was given a two month electronically monitored curfew at Lincoln Crown Court on Wednesday 6th April, after he admitted a charge of using threatening words and behaviour as a result of an incident on Sunday 1st August last year.

Noel Philo, prosecuting, told the court that the monitoring equipment showed that Smith breached the 10pm to 7am curfew for a period of more than an hour early on Thursday 28th April.

Smith then went on to break his curfew on a further 11 days before proceedings were taken against him.

The 23-year-old from Riseholme Road in Gainsborough, admitted to the court that he broke his curfew on one occasion following an argument with his partner.

Smith claimed that the other instances were not his fault, and were the result of either faulty equipment or due to his children accidentally knocking the equipment while they were playing.

He told the court: “There was one occasion when me and my partner had an argument and she kicked me out that night.

He continued: “I wasn’t breaching the curfew deliberately.”

But Judge Michael Heath rejected his claim and jailed Smith for 28 days.

The judge told Smith: “This was not just one or two occasions.”

“It is quite clear that you blatantly breached this order.”

Lincolnshire Police would like to take this opportunity to urge those with court-imposed curfews to ensure they stick to them.