Man hid in a cup­board to avoid or­der breach search

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A MAN hid in a cup­board from po­lice at his ex-part­ner’s home af­ter of­fi­cers came look­ing for him on sus­pi­cion of breach­ing a re­strain­ing or­der.

Nathan Mar­cus Fol­lows had been in­vited to his ex’s home by her on Satur­day, June 22 as the pair planned to rec­on­cile their re­la­tion­ship.

How­ever, legally he should not have been there due to a re­strain­ing or­der in place.

Ap­pear­ing at Llanelli Mag­is­trates Court, the bench was told this was the third breach of the or­der Fol­lows had com­mit­ted since it had been im­posed just two months ear­lier on April 12 at Swansea Crown Court.

Fol­lows, aged 31, of Bid­dulph Es­tate, Llanelli, pleaded guilty to con­tact­ing his ex Claire An­drews and be­ing at her ad­dress in the town when po­lice turned up.

Pros­e­cu­tor Matt Hen­son said: “Po­lice went to the prop­erty af­ter a third party alerted them and Claire An­drews an­swered the door.

“She de­nied Fol­lows was at the prop­erty, but po­lice gained en­try and car­ried out a search.

“Up­stairs hiding in a cup­board they found the de­fen­dant.

“He was in breach of the re­strain­ing or­der against his for­mer part­ner and when ques­tioned by po­lice gave no com­ment an­swers.

“He was last be­fore the court in May for an­other breach of the or­der, this is now the third time.”

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Kate Wil­liams on be­half of Fel­lows said: “He was there with full con­sent (from his ex-part­ner).

“A third party called po­lice know­ing he was go­ing there, had they not known, noth­ing would have likely hap­pened.”

She added: “There is in fact an ap­pli­ca­tion from Ms An­drews to lift the re­strain­ing or­der as they wish to rekin­dle the re­la­tion­ship.

“No­body was in dan­ger on this oc­ca­sion, he was there with con­sent and so he is guilty of the breach and ad­mits things could have been done dif­fer­ently.

“It is a tech­ni­cal breach as op­posed to a breach through un­wanted con­tact.”

Mag­is­trates said the third breach showed dis­re­gard for the or­der de­spite be­ing in­vited to the prop­erty.

Fol­lows was given a six weeks prison sen­tence, sus­pended for 12 months.

He must also pay £115 vic­tim sur­charge and £85 court costs.

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