Man admits harassment against his ex-partner

A SCARBOROUGH man has appeared in court after breaching a restraining order.

Nathan Peter Smith, 22, of Shepherd’s Drive, Eastfield, admitted the breach during a hearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard how Smith had gone to his ex-partner’s house in Whitby on February 13 to drop the children off.

Steven Ovenden, prosecuting, said: “They would normally have been dropped of by his mother, but she was busy that night.”

He added that a disagreement then followed, as the woman had asked him to give her his driving licence and some swabs for a DNA test.

Mr Ovenden said that Smith put his foot in the door to stop the woman from closing it and that he started making threats.

However, he added that the defendant does not accept the circumstances put forward by the prosecution in their entirety.

Smith is also said to have texted his ex-partner on February 23, which was also not allowed under the terms of the retraining order.

Robert Vining, mitigating, said that the versions of events from the two parties were like “chalk and cheese”.

He said the woman had sent Facebook messages to Smith inviting him to come up to the house.

The case was adjourned until April 24 for a Newton Hearing. This will determine the facts of the case for sentencing purposes.