Haverfordwest man who broke restraining order is jailed
9:21am Monday 30th September 2013 in News
A man who broke a restraining order only a month after magistrates had made it has been jailed.
Daryl Mathew Stephens, aged 22, had been made the subject of a suspended prison sentence for attacking his former partner.
At the same time magistrates issued a restraining order banning Stephens from approaching her.
But, a judge at Swansea crown heard, Stephens sent her 14 mobile telephone text messages in one day and then went to her home and slapped her across the face.
Stephens, of Keats Grove, Haverfordwest, admitted breaching the restraining order and battering the victim. He was jailed for 10 months and warned that the order remained in place without limit of time.
Janet Gedrych, prosecuting, said the couple's relationship ended in June after Stephen was convicted of assaulting his then partner's four year-old daughter by putting a hand over her mouth to stop her from crying.
By July Stephens had taken to visiting a friend who happened to live next door to the victim, a mother of two.
On July 5 she opened the front door following "persistent" knocking to find Stephens, who immediately slapped her face.
Stephens' barrister, Dean Pullling, said that having been given a warning Stephens could not now argue if he received a jail sentence.
Judge Paul Thomas said he found it very worrying that Stephens could be violent towards a four year-old girl and to an adult woman.
He said Stephens had visited his friend so that he could keep an eye on his ex, who has since moved.