Hunton man admits breaking restraining order on day it was issued

Jack Brown. Photo: North Yorkshire Police.

A man has admitted breaching a restraining order on the day it was issued by making contact with his former girlfriend.

Jack Brown, 27, of Leyburn Road, Hunton, was given a 12-month community order with 150 hours’ unpaid work last June for a number of offences including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, harassment, assault by beating and being involved in cannabis production.

The terms of the order meant he could not contact his ex-girlfriend.

But he breached the five-year order later that day by driving on a street where he knew she might be.

The defendant previously denied the charge of breaking the restraining order but pleaded guilty at a hearing on Tuesday at York Magistrates’ Court.

He also admitted driving without due care and attention following the same incident.

An earlier hearing heard how on the day Brown was sentenced in June last year, his ex-girlfriend was picked up from her home in Catterick Village by a friend.

when they saw Brown’s car driving past.

The court heard how Brown drove past beeping his horn and sticking two fingers up at his ex-girlfriend.

She called police and the two friends carried on their journey but then Brown approached them “at speed, from behind” in his white Ford Ranger.

The woman’s friend pulled over to let Brown pass, which he did, but then cut back in front of her friend’s car and “immediately broke hard”.

The hearing on Monday also heard that Brown had now admitted assaulting one man and making threats of violence against another in an incident at Hornby on June 28 last year.

Brown also admitted breaching a community order.

He had previously denied both charges.

He will be sentenced later this month.

Last month, Brown was jailed for more than two-and-a-half years after he deliberately drove into a woman who was walking ponies with children in Hunton.

The senior army officer was knocked to the ground and suffered a broken back in the incident.