Longbenton’s father bans contacting his ex found smoking in his garden


A father who was banned from contacting his ex-girlfriend has been found by police smoking a cigarette in his garden.

Nicholas Muckle was given a restraining order, which prohibited him from communicating with his former partner or hanging out on Killingworth Street where she lived, after he was found guilty of assaulting her in October last year. However, just two months later and despite also being under a community order, the 26-year-old couldn’t resist the temptation and showed up at her address, a court said.

Officers quickly attended the scene after receiving a report of disturbance to the property and found Muckle in the back garden. It was quickly established that he was subject to a restraining order and he was arrested, prosecutors said.

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Now Muckle, of Rowanberry Road, Longbenton, has received his second community order in just 10 months and is due 120 hours of unpaid work after appearing at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court to plead guilty to breaching a community order ‘prohibition. He must also pay £85 in costs and a victim fine surcharge of £95.

Prosecutor Marc Atkins said police attended the victim’s address in Killingworth on December 15 last year after reports of a disturbance. Mr Atkins continued: “As they enter the property, the defendant is in the back garden. They have carried out a check and the restraining order comes to light.

“The defendant admitted to being subject to the order. He was questioned and admitted the violation during the interview. The defendant was subject to a restraining order in October of the year latest following a conviction for assault and harassment of the injured party. The order remains in place until 2024.”

The court heard that Muckle had been invited to the house by the victim to discuss their young son. Stuart Athey, defending, added: “He went, his girlfriend then came over and alcohol was consumed. He does not recall any disturbance. He was outside talking to a neighbor and smoke a cigarette when the police arrived.”

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