Violent man broke restraining order

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A violent man who broke a restraining order by contacting a woman has been handed an eight-week prison sentence suspended for two years.

Shaun Aver, 27, of Withy Grove, Bamber Bridge, near Preston, admitted the offence at Chorley Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard Aver made contact with the woman in Penwortham on or between November 27 and December 13 last year, without a reasonable excuse.

He was banned from doing so under the terms of a restraining order imposed by Preston Magistrates’ Court on October 11.

Magistrates said they would take Aver’s guilty plea into account when imposing their sentence, but an urgent result was needed because it was a domestic violence case.

They said the offence was so serious and a custodial sentence was necessary because of Aver’s “history of violence”.

They also cited the fact he used a child to instigate the offence, his “history of disobedience of court orders” and because the offence was committed “very soon after the order was made”.

Aver was told he must undergo treatment for alcohol dependency for two years, under the direction of Addaction, a specialist drug and alcohol treatment charity.

He will also have to participate in a ‘Building Better Relationships’ course for 60 days.

Magistrates also ordered Aver to attend appointments with a probation officer for two years.

And they told him to pay a victim surcharge of £80 plus £85 court costs to the Crown Prosecution Service.