A MAN was found at his partner’s home despite being subject to a restraining order which banned him from having any contact with her.

Blackburn magistrates heard the partner allowed police into her home but denied that Emile Nicol was there.

But officers searched the house and found him hiding in a bedroom.

Nicol, 22, of Olive Lane, Darwen, pleaded guilty to breach of a restraining order. He was jailed for eight weeks.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said the order prohibited Nicol from contacting Kerry Daly or entering the street where she lives.

Police acting on information went to her house and were admitted by Miss Daly.

After Nicol was found in the bedroom they both said they wanted the restraining order lifted.

Mrs Yates said there was a history of restraining orders being put in place to protect Miss Daly after convictions for domestic violence.

“This is the first breach of this order but there have been breaches of previous orders,” said Mrs Yates.

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said his client had been foolish but it wasn’t a deliberate breach.

“He received a number of text messages off Miss Daly which he didn’t respond to,” said Mr Taylor.

“Her daughter was not well and she was struggling to cope and having been told that he responded and showed concern.

“He was invited round to her address and was given assurances that she had brought an end to the restraining order.”

Mr Taylor added: “I have told him not to do that until he has a piece of paper in his hand confirming the restraining order has been lifted,” he added.