Court bans young father from unsupervised contact with baby girl

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A DAD has been banned from seeing his baby daughter after he tried to snatch her from her mother during a drunken confrontation.

Doncaster Crown Court imposed an indefinite restraining order on Adam James Webster to prevent him harassing Rebecca Houston or their child, Macey.

Webster was warned he would be in ‘great peril’ of a jail sentence if he contravenes the order made by the judge under the Protection from Harassment Act.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to an offence of affray committed at Ms Houston’s home in Armthorpe last December, after the prosecution dropped a more serious charge of attempted kidnapping.

Rachel Harrison, prosecuting, said Ms Houston had been in a relationship with the defendant. They had a three-week-old daughter but they had separated shortly before the offence.

On December 8, Webster turned up at the house for a visit which had been arranged by social services and during the meeting he made an allegation about a man he believed Ms Houston was seeing, who lived in Wakefield.

Shortly after he left Webster sent her a text message saying: “If you take my daughter to Wakefield I’ll kill you, you mean nothing to me any more.”

A few minutes later he arrived back at the house and made his way into the kitchen, where Ms Houston was with the baby.

Miss Harrison said Webster was ‘flailing his arms around’ and Rebecca’s father, Ronald Houston, had to grapple with him and force him to the floor to restrain him.

All the family was said to be in fear until the police arrived to arrest him. The officers said he was heavily in drink.

Webster, who now lives in Hull, said he was concerned about the safety of his baby daughter and suggested her mother was having contact with ‘a paedophile’.

Ms Houston said she thought her ex-partner needed help otherwise they would always fear for their safety.

Webster’s solicitor, Nigel Lumley, told the court: “He is very, very sorry for what happened and he wishes things could have been different.”

Mr Lumley said the defendant realised he would now have problems maintaining contact with his child.

The judge, Recorder Martin Bethel, QC, said it was ‘a very worrying case’ because it raised serious concerns about his future behaviour.

“The probation officer’s report indicates to me that if you feel you have been crossed, your reaction is to have lots to drink and behave in this way. You need intensive help to put you on the right track.”

He imposed a two-year community order with a domestic abuse and alcohol abuse programme.