A man who breached a restraining order not to contact his mother’s partner told a judge who sentenced him to eight months imprisonment: “Very fair guv – fair play and thank you guv.”
Ross O’Connor, 43, of no fixed address but with links to the Kings Langley area, thanked Judge Michael Kay QC when he appeared at St Albans Crown Court on Thursday, March 5.
Because of ongoing issues between O’Connor and his mother’s partner, who lives in Kings Langley, a restraining order had been put in place in May 2018 to prevent him from visiting their home.
O’Connor appeared in court to admit breaching the restraining order on December 17 last year when he turned up at the house in the early hours of the morning and slept on the couch, until his mum’s partner called the police on him. He was arrested at around 6.30 that morning.
Judge Kay was told he had been sleeping rough in a tent at the time, but after four days of rain he was soaking wet and looking for somewhere to dry out.
Because of the time O’Connor has spent in custody on remand, the sentence means he will be freed in the next few weeks.
The court was told O’Connor had a long history of offending which including breaches of restraining orders.
Judge Kay was told he’d had a troubled upbringing and later developed mental health problems and began taking drugs.
The judge told O’Connor he hoped he would be able to stay off drugs, telling him: “I hope we don’t see you again.”