A MAN who has breached a court order made to protect his ex-partner several times has been sent back to jail for doing it again.

Aled Jones, of HMP Berwyn, appeared via video link at Mold Crown Court on Tuesday morning for sentence.

The 49-year-old had admitted an offence of breaching a restraining order at a previous hearing.

Rosemary Proctor, prosecuting, told the court Jones had been made the subject of an indefinite restraining order in May 2022 to prevent him from contacting or approaching Nicola Lee-Mellor - with whom he'd previously been in a relationship.

On March 12, 2023, Ms Lee-Mellor received a card in the post.

She recognised the defendant's handwriting, which read: "My queen, in this life or the next, I will always wait for you.

"God bless you for all you gave to me. Love you always."

On April 28, she received two calls from a landline number which turned out to be a payphone in Church Street, Flint.

CCTV showed the calls had been made by Jones.

The next day she received three calls in quick succession from a private number - followed by "a great many calls" from a mobile number between May and June.

Then, on June 22, the complainant came downstairs at her home and found her back door ajar when it had previously been closed.


Her Ring doorbell captured footage of the defendant standing outside for five minutes.

And the behaviour continued - with him sending her a naked picture of himself and a video of him in the woods.

When Jones was arrested on August 15 last year, it was discovered he'd been carrying a pair of the complainant's pyjama bottoms.

She told police she'd left them hanging in a clothing rack in her home on the day she'd found the door ajar.

The Leader: Aled Jones (North Wales Police)Aled Jones (North Wales Police) (Image: North Wales Police)In interview, Jones claimed he was still in a relationship with Ms Lee-Mellor, and that she'd given him the clothing.

The complainant said in her statement: "The entire process feels like it's never going to end.

"I feel I'm being watched. Things are getting creepier and I am worried."

In addition to the restraining order breach, Ms Proctor said Jones was found guilty in his absence for a separate offence of harassment against the complainant in the area of Buckley, and given a 12 week custodial sentence in August last year.

The facts of that offence constituted some of the grounds for the restraining order breach, she added.

Myles Wilson, defending, told the court that his client and the complainant had at times been in a relationship and that she had applied to remove the restraining order in 2022.

Quoting from her application to the court, which was ultimately unsuccessful, he said: "I'd like to be with Aled and feel he can change.

"He has worked hard in prison on his mental health."

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Mr Wilson continued: "He says he's not been in contact with her since.

"As far as he's concerned, the penny's dropped."

The defendant wanted to return to his life as a roofer in the Flintshire area, Mr Wilson explained - describing him as "his own worst enemy."

He added: "He tells me he now has somewhere to live in Greenfield and a job to walk into.

"He can't just keep breaching this order - that would be insanity."

Judge Niclas Parry told Jones: "This is your seventh breach; you've even had a sentence of 15 months before when the court decided 'we will give him a proper sentence and he will learn.'

"But you've done it again. The message must be made clear - I am going to try again."

The Judge handed down a two year sentence to be served immediately, concluding "it would be hopeless and inviting trouble" to suspend the term.

Jones will serve half of the sentence in jail, less the days he has already served on remand, then the rest on licence.

"This lady deserves to move on," he warned him.

"If she contacts you, there's nothing you can do about that - but any contact from you will be breaching the order. Move on."