Jail for restraint order breach

Crime story
Crime story

A MAN who breached a restraining order by visiting his mum’s house has been put behind bars.

Craig Hibbert, of no fixed abode, was given a 12-week sentence after he appeared at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court following his arrest at an address in Ince on August 7.

The court heard Hibbert, 22, was discovered in the back bedroom of the house in Winchester Grove when officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) attended on an unrelated matter at about 11.30pm on Wednesday.

Katie Beattie, prosecuting, said police had no reason to believe Hibbert should not have been there but checked the database at the station, found the restraining order and went back to arrest him.

Bill Pearson, defending, said he accepted the magistrates would ordinarily send Hibbert to jail by automatically activating a suspended sentence but suggested they could not do so in the interests of justice.

Mr Pearson told the court Hibbert’s mum invited him to the address and no longer wants to be covered by the restraining order.

He said: “His mum invited him round, and when it got late she asked him to stay and made up a bed for him. He was there at her invitation and she did not want him arrested.

“She wants him in her house and to live with her, and she certainly does not want him sent to prison.”

The bench activated an eight-week suspended sentence and also gave him a further four weeks in prison for breaching the restraining order.

Sentencing him the magistrates informed Hibbert he was being sent to jail “because of the total disregard you have shown for previous court orders.”