A 55-year-old man who breached a court order by making phone calls to his ex-wife was put on probation last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.
And he was told this was his “last chance saloon” regarding avoiding custody.
Stephen Lynn, Churchill Park, Portadown, admitted he contravened a non-molestation order on July 13 this year.
He was put on probation for 18 months with the condition that he attends the Building Better Relationships Programme.
The court heard that at around 8.30pm on July 13 the injured party reported to police that her ex-partner had made phone calls and left five voice messages.
She said he was phoning every weekend and the calls were becoming more aggressive. She was fearful that he would do something silly.
A solicitor representing the defendant said it was his alcohol consumption that led to the breakdown of the relationship.
She explained that he contacted his estranged wife while under the influence of alcohol but he had abstained from alcohol since this incident. He was attending the community addictions team.
District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, told Lynn that a doctor’s report indicated that mental health services cannot change him but that decision had to be his and there was “no magic fix”.
“You’re abusing yourself and becoming self destructive,” the judge added.
Imposing 18 months probation, Judge Bates told Lynn this was his “last chance saloon as regards avoiding custody”.
The judge also granted an application for a two-year restraining ordered prohibiting Lynn from harassing or pestering the injured party.