Royal Navy veteran broke restraining order he claims he knew nothing about (From The Advertiser Series)
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Royal Navy veteran broke restraining order taken out by his brother but says he did not know about it
CONFUSION over a restraining order led to a man breaching it several times, Darlington Magistrates’ Court heard today (Tuesday, November 5).
Prosecutor John Garside told the court that 51-year-old Michael Easby had visited his twin brother’s Darlington home on more than once occasion despite being under a restraining order preventing him from being within 200 metres of him.
The order was granted by Durham Crown Court on October 8 after Easby was convicted of assaulting his brother, along with charges of affray and criminal damage.
Representing himself in court, Easby admitted the breach but said he had "no idea" he was under a restraining order and nor did his brother who had given him a meal and allowed him to stay over when he visited.
Easby added that he was a Royal Navy veteran and former nurse but had ended up homeless and turned to his brother for help.
He said that with the help of forces charity SSAFA, he had recently found a flat on Neasham Road and his brother had helped him move in.
Magistrates said they needed to know more about Easby before sentencing and adjourned his case until November 26 for a report from the probation service.