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Carlisle man jailed for breaching restraining order

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A man from Carlisle who went to visit his mother’s grave breached a restraining order not to be in Carlisle.

Alan Turner, 50, is now living in the Gateshead area appeared before Carlisle Magistrates Court today (MON).

The court was told Turner was issued with a restraining order for an indefinite time by North and West Cumbria Magistrates Court on October 16, not to go to his father’s address or the city-centre.

Turner had recently suffered ill health while in the North East when he visited Carlisle he felt ill and attend the Cumberland Infirmary for treatment before being released.

Prosecutor Andy Travis told the court that at around 2am on Saturday November 7, a taxi driver on Botchergate informed police he had a passenger that would not leave the taxi, when officers arrived and spoke to Turner it came to light he was in breach of the restraining order.

Turner explained he was trying to find somewhere to stay after leaving the hospital, but due to COVID-19 he found it difficult. John Smith defending said his client pleaded guilty to breaching the restraining order and guilty to a suspended sentence breach.

The court was told Turner’s offending is aggravated by his previous criminal record, he has over 50 previous offences.

Magistrates imposed a six-month custodial sentence for breaching a suspended sentence and two-months to run consecutively for the breach, he was told his previous criminal record aggravated these offences and he was in drink at the time and during the COVID crisis he had travelled from the North East.

He has to pay a victims surcharge of £128 on his release, he is expected to serve 4- months in prison and the rest in the community.

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