Breached order by going to Women’s Aid

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A 39-year-old man breached a restraining order by going to Foyle Women’s Aid, a court has heard.

Martin McShane, of Dunfield Terrace, pleaded guilty to breaching the court order on October 13, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard McShane went to Foyle Women’s Aid and attempted to get access to the property.

He was told by a social worker he was not supposed to be there because one of the residents had a restraining order against him.

McShane drove through the gates and spoke to this woman for a short time, before driving out of the property.

Defence counsel Sean Doherty told the court his client had received a phone call from this woman asking for money to pay for food and gas.

He said McShane went to Women’s Aid, gave her £20 and left.

It was accepted the 39-year-old has an ‘extensive record’ but the barrister said on this occasion McShane was ‘trying to do the right thing’.

Suspending a three month sentence for three years, District Judge Barney McElholm said ‘this defendant needs to understand breaching a restraining order is a very serious matter and will not be taken lightly’.

He warned McShane if there was any further breach of the order he would go to prison.

The judge added: ‘you or anyone who has been involved in domestic violence is not allowed to go near Women’s Aid’.