Court: Wrexham man breached restraining order from prison – DollarJob

Court: Wrexham man breached restraining order from prison

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Niall Rowley, formerly of Crescent Close, Wrexham, but who gave his current address as HMP Berwyn, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old admitted three counts of harassment by breach of a restraining order between November 2022 and May 2023.

In November 2022, the Leader reported how Rowley was jailed for a total of two years and nine months in respect of two offences of causing actual bodily harm, two of criminal damage and one of common assault – each of which was against his then partner Katy Roberts.

The court, which heard Rowley compared to a “Jekyll and Hyde” character, imposed an indefinite restraining order prohibiting him from contacting the victim.

But Justin Espie, prosecuting at Wrexham Magistrates Court this week, said the three breaches to be sentenced had come about whilst Rowley was at HMP Berwyn.

He had made contact with Ms Roberts by phone, email and by letter – with more than a hundred calls being attempted and other messages passed on by third parties.

In a statement, read to the court, Ms Roberts said: “It is hard to put into words the impact of the relationship with Rowley had.

“I couldn’t escape him. I thought I never would – I thought this would be my life.

“Even in prison he was able to control me.”

Ms Roberts said she was determined to move on with her life.

The court heard Rowley had ‘hoodwinked’ prison officers by putting his ex-partner’s number under a different name.

Emma Simoes, defending, said her client had evidenced a “clear reduction in risk,” having completed various interventions.

“The person he was at the time is not the same as the person before you today,” she told the court.

“He is due to be released next week, so this comes at the worst time.

“He has not sought to contact her since May last year – and now realises he can’t breach this order.

“And he has no intention to do so any further. He intends to get on with his life.”

District Judge Gwyn Jones told the defendant his behaviour had been “persistent,” adding: “Your record does you no favours – you know that.

“However it is clear to me that these are offences which are now of some age and there has been no further contact.”

The Judge handed down a total sentence of 52 weeks imprisonment – but suspended it for 18 months with no further requirements.

Rowley must pay £85 costs and a £187 victim surcharge.



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