Kirkby text pest could go back to prison

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court
09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

A Kirkby man who breached a restraining order imposed when he broke into his ex-partner’s home and got into bed with her has been told his latest actions could land him back in prison.

Paul Michael Sims, of Clumber Street, appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court to answer to the harassment charge, after contacting his victim by text.

The 38-year-old was convicted in June of last year of using violence to secure entry and assault by beating, to which he was sentenced to 26 weeks in jail.

As part of his punishment he was handed a restraining order to prevent him from contacting his former partner when he was released.

But he has since sent a series of text messages to her, pleading for a reconciliation.

The court was told that messages had ‘unnerved’ his former partner, who says that the relationship is ‘well and truly over’.

However, the Crown Prosecution Service conceded that the messages were not threatening in nature.

Appearing before District Judge Diane Baker, she said: “Any breach of a court order is dealt with very seriously, irrespective of what has happened. The seriousness is that you deliberately breached the order and did it on a number of occasions.”

She added that his actions did ‘cross the custody threshold’ and ordered that he come back to court on 22nd October.

He was also told to contact the community drugs team after failing a drugs test.

Sims had been handed his prison sentence after his ex-partner had woken to find him laying next to her with his hand on her hip.

They had been separated for eight months at the time and had been jealous of her new relationship.

She elbowed him when he tried to pull her towards him.

She then screamed and ran to get help but Sims grabbed her from behind and put his hands over mouth when a neighbour was alerted by the disturbance.

The woman was eventually able to escape and notify police.