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Man breached restraining order
12:00pm Tuesday 7th August 2012 in News
AN Evesham man has admitted violating a restraining order when he turned up at his estranged wife’s house.
John McClay, of Larkspur Drive, Evesham, was ordered not to go the home of Yvonne McClay in February following their split after he assaulted her. But on April 12, 42-yearold McClay went to the house, frightening his wife and breaching the terms of the restraining order Abbey Kingston, prosecuting, said: “McClay was at home with her boyfriend. She was aware of a knock on the door and her boyfriend answered it and told her it was John McClay.
“She dialled 999 and pressed her panic alarm. She said she was shaking like a leaf.
“In his police interview the defendant said his medication had been changed two days earlier and he didn’t know how he got to the house, although his car was there.
“When police arrived his wrists had been cut and he was admitted to hospital.”
Andy Childs, defending, said just sixth months earlier McClay had been married and living with his 10-year-old daughter. “He has had six months of mental health treatment,” said Mr Childs.
“He was clearly not coping with the past. He did raise his hand to his wife on a single occasion in January.
“Now he is back at work and is getting back into his fundraising and volunteer activity.
This was clearly an exceptional day in exceptional circumstances.”
Deputy District Judge Anita Price imposed a 12-month conditional discharge on McClay and £85 costs.