Man jailed for break­ing ban three times

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF - KAREN BRIT­TON

AHOMELESS man who was banned from the town cen­tre has been jailed af­ter breaching the or­der within three days.

Sean David An­drew Roberts, 38, was is­sued a Crim­i­nal Be­hav­iour Or­der ban­ning him from en­ter­ing the town cen­tre un­less he had per­mis­sion from po­lice first.

The five-year or­der, is­sued by South and East Cheshire Mag­is­trates’ Court, also banned him from us­ing abu­sive or in­tim­i­dat­ing lan­guage or be­hav­iour in public and car­ry­ing an open con­tainer of al­co­hol un­less in li­censed premises, the court heard.

He was also re­quired to at­tend ap­point­ments with al­co­hol ser­vices.

The or­der was is­sued on Jan­uary 20 fol­low­ing a con­vic­tion for racial har­rass­ment on Jan­uary 15.

Sgt Stephen Daven­port, of Macclesfield Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Team, said Roberts has caused prob­lems for a long time and the or­der should have been a ‘mas­sive de­ter­rent’.

But Roberts found him­self in court af­ter breaching the or­der three times in a week.

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Magis- trates Court heard the de­fen­dant, who is home­less but gave a care-of ad­dress in Macclesfield, failed to at­tend an ap­point­ment with the East Cheshire Drug Ser­vice at the Barn­abas Cen­tre.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Deb­bie Byrne, said Roberts was also found with an open bot­tle of al­co­hol in public.

She said: “Po­lice at­tended re­ports of three va­grants drink­ing al­co­hol at the dis­used Block­buster shop in Macclesfield.

“They saw a bot­tle of Tesco whisky on the pave­ment and there was a half­full bot­tle of vodka propped up be­hind the de­fen­dant.”

At the hear­ing on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 28, Roberts pleaded guilty to breaching the or­der on Jan­uary 23 and 27.

Roberts pleaded guilty to a third breach at an ear­lier hear­ing.

De­fend­ing, Hannah Kelly said that Roberts is an al­co­holic who had been sleep­ing in the door­way of Block­buster.

She said: “He was pack­ing up his be­long­ings to go to the Barn­abas ap­point­ment when po­lice went to ar­rest him.

“He ac­cepts he had a bot­tle of vodka but thought that if he had a lid on he would not breach the or­der. He turned to al­co­hol af­ter los­ing his mum five years ago. His life dis­in­te­grated, his mar­riage broke down, he lost con­tact with his chil­dren and his home was re­pos­sessed.

“He’s des­per­ate to lead a dif­fer­ent life and in­tends to leave Macclesfield for a new start.”

Roberts was sent to pri­son for 14 days and or­dered to pay a £80 vic­tim sur­charge.

Chair­man of the bench, Clive Pattison, said: “This is three breaches in a short space of time and we take that very se­ri­ously.”

● Home­less Sean Roberts has been jailed af­ter breaching an or­der an­ning him from the town cen­tre three times in one week

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