Breached court order


A man with a ‘horrendous record for domestic violence’ has been jailed for breaching a court order.

John Jeffrey Douglas, whose address was given on court papers as Grange Park, Limavady, pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching a non-molestation order on November 4 and 5.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that the 34-year-old had been released from prison on October 31, a few days after the non-molestation order was granted.

He was found in the injured party’s home on two separate occasions last week, in breach of an exclusion zone in the order.

On the second occasion the injured party was abusive to police, lashed out and told them she did not want Douglas arrested.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court his client was in the house at the injured party’s request.

He accepted Douglas has a ‘horrendous record for domestic violence’ but said there was no suggestion there was any violence on this occasion.

Jailing the 34-year-old for four months, District Judge said ‘the only thing that can be said in his favour is that there was no actual violence this time around’.

He added that it was ‘no defence or mitigation to say I was invited along’.

The judge also imposed a restraining order for seven years.