Buxton OAP broke ban to give ex a lift

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A Buxton pensioner has received a custodial sentence for continuing to see his ex-girlfriend in spite of a restraining order.

James Oliver Grundy admitted breaching the ban at High Peak Magistrates’ Court on Monday. The 68-year-old was prohibited from contacting Valerie Wood after he was convicted of assaulting her in April.

Police witnessed Grundy, of Alma Street, giving Miss Wood a lift in his car on October 18 and followed him along Grin Low Road, Buxton.

John Cooper, prosecuting, told the court that when interviewed by officers the defendant was awkward and said he did not know his age or address.

Ian Baker, defending, said his client had been in a relationship with the victim for 18 years and that she had continued to contact him, despite the court order.

He said: “She’s going out of her way to meet him. It’s not solicited action. There’s no coercion or threats.”

Magistrates heard that a few months ago, Miss Wood turned up at Grundy’s allotments near Bakewell Road when he was looking after his chickens.

Mr Baker, mitigating, said the legal proceedings meant Grundy had hit “rock bottom”, saying: “This situation has made him ill. He’s been sectioned. He should be within the health services not within a prison.”

Chairman of the Bench, Neil Broadbent said: “In this instance, it comes down to this, do you know the difference between right and wrong. You know it’s wrong to breach this restraining order.”

Grundy was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Mr Broadbent added: “If this lady approaches you, your nephew will call the police. If you continue to see this lady, next time you’re in court, you will be going off in handcuffs.”