Wrexham 'Nuisance' jailed for breaking court orders


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A Wrexham man given a series of court orders for being a nuisance has been jailed.

Derek Alfred Hughes, 41, had been made the subject of a restraining order not to bother people in Penycae but residents said he still called around asking for money or cigarettes.

Hughes, of no fixed home, admitted four offences of breaching the restraining order in March and April and was jailed for 10 months.

Judge Niclas Parry told him at Mold Crown Court: “To call you a nuisance is probably an understatement.

“Court orders are made for a reason. I calculate this is the 14th time that you have breached it.”

The judge said the victim had to be protected by the restraining order made by magistrates back in January 2011.

But there had been no threats, no violence, and he had the good sense to plead guilty at an early stage.

Hughes denied burglary when it was alleged a can of lager had been stolen. That charge was dismissed when the prosecution offered no evidence.

Prosecutor Richard Edwards said the order had been made to prevent Hughes from entering the Afoneitha Estate at Penycae and from approaching various residents.

But he breached the order by walking into one man’s house and asked for a cigarette. He was described as being “off his face on something”.

Hughes was shouted at by a number of residents but on a later occasion he returned and asked one resident for money. He also put his head through the window of another house and asked for a cigarette and money for a bus fare.

Justine McVitie, defending, said her client knew it had to be custody but asked for the sentence to be kept to a minimum in view of his early guilty pleas.

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