A MAN with a heroin addiction caused his family so many problems they went to court to obtain a non-molestation order.

Blackburn magistrates heard that despite the court ruling Sajid Hussain continued to turn up at the family home asking for money and cigarettes and generally making a nuisance of himself.

Hussain, 32, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to breach of a non-molestation order. He was jailed for 20 weeks and ordered to pay £128 victim surcharge.

Imposing the sentence Deputy District Judge Ian Barnes said it could not have been an easy decision for his own family to seek the order.

Janice Vallance, prosecuting, said the family had applied for the order because they couldn't have him repeatedly turning up at the house asking for money and cigarettes and generally making a nuisance of himself.

"They reluctantly made the decision to get a non-molestation order," said Miss Vallance. "This is the third breach of the order which was made in August."

Miss Vallance said Hussain turned up at the family home in Manchester Road, Rawtenstall, at 5.20 pm on Monday. He was in the back yard shouting and asking for money and cigarettes. He waited in the back yard until the police arrived.

"It is quite sad that he doesn't appear to have anywhere else to go but the order is in place and he has to comply with it," she said.

Mark Williams, defending, said it was a very sad situation.

"He has basically gone round to get arrested," said Mr Williams. "He is homeless, his methadone script has lapsed and he is fearful of getting back into more and more trouble," said Mr Williams.

"This happened just eight days after his release from prison. I am not trying to persuade you not to send him back because he doesn't want me to. He hopes he will be able to work with the probation service and get some accommodation sorted out before he comes out."