Sleaford man jailed after breaching court order relating to former wife

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.

A Sleaford man has been jailed after twice becoming involved in incidents with his former wife in breach of a court order.

Simon Thorpe visited his ex-wife at her home in May arriving with a bottle of wine and a card for her birthday.

Mark Knowles, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court on Friday that Thorpe refused to leave the property and his wife contacted police.

Later the same month his ex-wife was out with friends in Sleaford town centre when he appeared in the same pub.

When she left he followed her to second pub and an incident later followed in which a door supervisor had to intervene.

Mr Knowles said that Thorpe and his former wife had been separated for four years.

“Following the separation the defendant has been made subject to several non-molestation and restraining orders and has numerous convictions for breaching them.”

Mr Knowles said that the most recent non-molestation order against Thorpe was made at Lincoln County Court on 4 April.

He told the court “Almost as soon as that order was imposed the defendant started to contact the complainant.”

Simon Thorpe, 46, of Maltkiln Close, admitted two charges of breaching a non-molestation order as a result of the incidents on May 19 and 31. He was jailed for 12 months.

Judge Michael Heath, passing sentence, said: “Lincoln County Court did not make that order for the fun of it. It expected it to be observed.

“You simply did not take a blind bit of notice of these orders. One day the penny will drop but I’m certainly not going to deal with you in any other way than an immediate custodial sentence for these breaches.”

Sunil Khanna, defending, said that Thorpe did not use any violence or make any threats during the incidents.