Porthcawl man (50) breached restraining order within a week

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

By AJ Sicluna

in Crime

A man who breached a restraining order a week after it had been imposed, preventing him from contacting his ex-girlfriend, has been given a conditional discharge for 12 months at Cardiff Crown Court.

In November, Grantley Groom (50) appeared at the same court and received an eight month sentence of imprisonment, suspended for two years, after he admitted causing the woman, who lives in the Bridgend area, actual bodily harm.

Groom, of Birch Walk, Newton, Porthcawl, pleaded guilty to breaching the order.

Prosecutor Byron Broadstock said the attack occurred following a breakdown of the couple’s relationship, after which Groom had threatened to take his life.

On November 3, the police were called by the woman saying she had received “silent calls” from Groom’s mobile phone.

At 9pm the same night, the ambulance service were contacted by the police after the defendant threatened suicide by cutting his wrists, and he was sectioned.

He later told the police he had thrown the phone away and had made the call when he felt low.

His defence counsel, Claire Wilkes, said part of the sentence Groom had received involved a 6pm to 6am curfew, which he had observed.

She said he spent much time caring for his parents.

Judge David Wyn Morgan directed that the suspended sentence remain in existence until November 2017.

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