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Man jailed for eighth restraining order breach

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN has been jailed after breaching a restraining order which banned him from approaching his ex-partner – for the eighth time.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Elijah Ali was sent to prison in January for the seventh breach of the indefinite order. This prohibits him from contacting his former girlfriend and going near her city address.

But just a week after Ali was released from custody on licence, on May 8, the woman was woken at 1-45am by loud banging. She looked out of a window, saw 29-year-old Ali outside and contacted police. When officers arrived, he was found in the woman’s back garden having scaled a six-foot high locked gate.

Homeless Ali later admitted his latest breach of an order which was first put in place in 2017.

The court heard the woman had since retracted her statement to police, believing Ali needed help to tackle problems which included alcohol. On the night of his latest breach he had been refused access to a hostel at which he had been placed because drink was smelled on his breath.

Anthony Parkinson, defending, said: “It is a nuisance-type breach, as oppose to anything more sinister.”

But jailing Ali for 14 months, Judge James Adkin told him: “If you commit offences while on licence, you get returned to custody.”

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