Order breached when Minety man contacted wife too early in the day
Updated 9:55am Monday 13th January 2014 in News
A man who breached a restraining order by contacting his estranged wife too early in the morning has been released on bail by a judge.
The injunction allowed Robert Turner to contact his wife Elizabeth between 9am and midday, as they live nearby and still ran a business together.
But on Sunday, October 13, last year Turner, 55, went to speak to her at about 8am and the police were called after they ended up arguing about money.
Turner, whose address was given as Beechley Fields, Minety, pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order when he appeared at Swindon Crown Court.
He denied a second charge of breaching the order, imposed at Gloucester Crown Court in January 2012, by contacting his son and also assaulting him.
Hannah Squire, prosecuting, said the Crown was aware of the pleas and would not seek a trial on the other matters.
Rob Ross, defending, said "The restraining order is quite curious in that it says he is prohibited from contacting directly or indirectly his son and Elizabeth Turner, save between 9am and 12 midday or by prior arrangement.
"The parties have ended up where they are all living in separate caravans at the same address which is owned by Mr Turner.
"She says she had acquiesced in breaching the restraining order to sort out their financial issues.
"There was an argument on this morning about financial issues. He contacted her at 8am not 9am. The order is not one conducive to this couple sorting out their financial affairs."
Judge Douglas Field said: "This court has the power to make a restraining order and it might do a better job of this one."
He adjourned the case to Friday, January 24, saying he did not fell there was any need for a pre-sentence report.
He released Turner on bail on condition he does not contact his son or wife, save through solicitors.