Desperate man is locked-up after breaching a restraining order by visiting his father's South Yorkshire home

A desperate man has been put behind bars after he breached a restraining order by visiting his father.

Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 8:46 am
Updated Friday, 1st May 2020, 10:34 am

Sheffield Crown Court heard on April 9 how Daniel Hayes, aged 20, of no fixed abode, had been made subject to a restraining order not to contact his father after he had assaulted his father’s ex-partner.

Susan Evans, prosecuting, said Hayes visited his father’s home in Rotherham on March 18 saying he had no money and nowhere to stay and police found the defendant at the address shortly afterwards.

Ms Evans said: “He told them he was not supposed to be there and he wanted to go back to prison.”

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Pictured is Sheffield Crown Court where a desperate young man was sentenced to custody after he breached a restraining order by contacting his father.

Hayes, who has previous convictions, admitted breaching the restraining order and admitted breaching a suspended prison sentence which had been imposed for a previous breach of the restraining order.

Ian West, defending, said Hayes, who suffers with mental health issues, had previously been described as being ashamed of himself and had wanted to take steps to recover the relationship with his father.

Hayes became homeless and could not be re-housed by the council, according to Mr West, and he considered going back to prison and went to his father's home with that in mind.

Mr West described Hayes’s situation as a “sad case”.

He added: “He was a man who was desperate to move on but unfortunately failed. This is not a case of pulling the wool over someone's eyes.

“But he never realised the difficulties in finding accommodation.”

Judge Peter Kelson QC sentenced Hayes to seven-and-half months of custody in a young offenders’ institution.

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