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Praise for 'rat' case witness
8:00am Monday 6th August 2012 in Chorley
A Coppull man who called a woman a ‘rat’ in his local supermarket has been found guilty of breaching a court injunction.
Michael Harris, 23, of Birchwood Drive, Coppull was given a three month prison sentence suspended for 12 months after breaching a court injunction obtained by Chorley Community Housing.
The injunction order was made in September 2011 after a female resident reported that Harris had threatened to ‘smash her face in’ and grabbed her by the hair.
The order banned Harris from approaching the woman and from entering an area of Longfield Avenue in Coppull.
In March this year Harris approached the woman in the local Spar; he swore at her and called her a ‘rat’.
In court he denied this, but the judge found the incident was proved and said that Harris had shown a, ‘wilful disregard to the injunction’.
On another occasion Harris was found at an address in Longfield Avenue by the police.
He also made a further injunction order which lasts until September 2013.
Tenancy enforcement officer Selena Leeming said: “The witness in this case was really brave and stood up to someone who has been reportedly causing problems around Longfield Avenue for some time.
“The injunction order has been extended and this means Harris cannot go on to Longfield Avenue until September 2013.
“If he does, then this should be reported to the police.”
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