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Man breached molestation order in roadside exchange

A man has made a first appearance in court for breaching a non-molestation order.
Magistrates court
Peterborough Magistrates' Court

On the same day that Darren Barker, 44, was given the order he emailed his ex-partner.

Peterborough Magistrates’ Court was told on Monday that the terms of the order allowed him to contact her only about their business but the email included other matters which breached the order.

It was said that Barker had breached the order several times between August 5 and October 2, including a significant one on August 27.

He flagged her down while she was driving and opened the passenger side door. Words were exchanged and the court was told he had smeared some spit on her car and a wiper blade was damaged.

Barker, of Richmond Way, Leverington, pleaded guilty to breaching a non-molestation order. He appeared in custody having been held since his arrest last Saturday.

Oliver Barrett, mitigating, pointed out that there was no criminal damage charge facing his client.

The solicitor added: “He didn’t understand how serious it was in breaching the order.”

The case was adjourned to Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court on October 19.

Barker was granted bail with conditions not to contact the complainant and not to go to Mill Close, Wisbech.