Louth man broke restraining order despite prison threat


The owner of a Louth delicatessen has appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court after admitting breaking a restraining order.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said that John Stuart McLeod, 68, of Bridge Street, had broken the order a number of times and was awaiting sentence on previous offences of a like nature, including breaching a suspended prison sentence.

Nicholas Alderson, for McLeod, said he was awaiting sentence on December 2 for all his outstanding matters but he was expected to go into residential detoxification at Lowestoft in a week’s time to begin a six week course of treatment, and should not have to leave that for a court appearance.

Probation officer Mark Davies said that they could not see if there were any mental health issues until McLeod had been weaned off alcohol.

The magistrates adjourned the case until December 2 but said that if McLeod was on the detoxification procedure, he need not attend. He was granted unconditional bail.

In July, McLeod was told by a district judge that if there was any further breach of the restraining order he would send him to prison.

Telling McLeod at that time that if he ended up in prison it would be completely his own fault, he told him: “You are forcing the courts and everyone else into a corner.”