A MAN has been given a community order and ordered to pay more than £500 for trying force his way into his ex-girlfriend’s home.
Simon Brittain, of Fielding Close in Evesham, appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court last Friday (February 27) where he was sentenced for using violence to secure entry in a property on Dent Close in Worcester, where his ex partner, Yvonne Yardley, was living.
Brittain had failed to attend the same court on January 27 for his trial when on bail and was found guilty in his absence.
Prosecution solicitor Mark Soper said the 45-year-old went to Miss Yardley’s flat on October 11 last year to try revive the relationship which had been on and off for seven years.
When she refused him entry he began trying to force he way through door shouting, swearing and threatening to cause damage. The neighbours heard him and called the police and he was subsequently arrested.
District Judge Nigel Cadbury said: “It is fortunate that you did not go ahead and gain entry because we would have to give you a term of imprisonment with your record of abuse against previous partners.”
He said that he took into consideration that Brittain was trying to deal with substance misuse by going to Pathways to Recovery.
He sentenced him to a 12 month community order, 12 months supervision and fined him £75 for each offence. He also ordered him to pay £300 for court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.