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'Lonely' son from Blackburn is jailed for breaching court order
A 50-YEAR-old man who repeatedly breached a court order by going to his mother’s home has been jailed for 16 weeks.
Blackburn magistrates heard David Woodward had been made subject to a suspended prison sentence when he last appeared in court less than a week earlier.
But he was back at his mother’s door despite being banned from going within 100m of her home.
Woodward, of Bridge Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to breaching a non-molestation order taken out by his mother. He was jailed for four weeks for the offence and a further 12 weeks for breaching the suspended prison sentence order. Parveen Akhtar, prosecuting, said the non-molestation order had been taken out by June Harwood on July 4 and the latest incident was his fourth breach.
The order had initially been sought because Woodward was going to his mum’s house, letting himself in and stealing money from her purse.
Miss Akhtar said: “All she wants is to feel safe in her own home.
“His behaviour is affecting her quality of life.”
Jonathan Taylor, defending, said Woodward had tried to stay away from his mother but found it very difficult.
He said: “He lives a very lonely existence and was not thinking straight when he went to his mum’s.
“He wanted to borrow some money and hoped she would at least speak to him.
“He realises he has placed himself in a position where he could lose his liberty today.”