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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Barrow man evades prison term over breaching his restraining order

A Barrow father-of-two has avoided jail after breaching a restraining order and causing criminal damage while in police custody.

criminal damage Jordan Riglar

Jordan Lee Riglar, of Harrison Street, Barrow, appeared before South Lakeland Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday after admitting the two offences earlier this month.

The 23-year-old stood accused of making contact with a woman on March 28 – eight weeks into a 12-month order banning him from doing so.

He had been handed a six-week prison term for harassment in January although magistrates decided to suspend the sentence for 12 months.

The court heard that after being arrested for breaching the order, Riglar broke the glass in a cell door spy hole at Barrow police station with a crutch he was using after breaking a bone in his foot.

In mitigation, defending counsel Mr Mike Graham said his client was in some degree of pain from his injury at the time and had been attempting to summon help from officers.

However, Mr Graham added: “He has now acquired individual accommodation and has showed that he can go into gainful employment once he has recovered.”

Riglar was ordered to remain in his home between the hours of 7pm and 6am for 16 weeks as well as being told to pay £400 in costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

He will also have to complete a thinking skills course while his suspended sentence remains in place.

Chairman of the bench, Mrs Viv Rawlinson, told Riglar the case was finely balanced.

“We have taken a lot of time over this case because your freedom was at risk but we are not going to action the suspended sentence.”

Mrs Rawlinson added: “It was a serious breach but you are making efforts to find a job, have a separate home and are complying with your present order.”


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