Ex-partner made woman ‘feel like a prisoner in her own home’ by breaching harassment order

Teesside Crown Court
Teesside Crown Court

A WOMAN felt like a prisoner in her own home when her ex-partner breached a court order not to harass her.

Keith Gorse, 35, broke a restraining order by going round to his ex-girlfriend’s home and banging on her door twice in one night.

Gorse, who has three children with the woman, has an indefinite restraining order against him after previously harassing the woman.

He was given a suspended prison sentence in October 2011 for breaching the order on numerous occasions.

The day after the suspended sentence expired Gorse went to the woman’s home .

Ian Mullarkey, prosecuting, at Teesside Crown Court, said: “The defendant banged on he door and stared through the living room window.

“She felt very uneasy and she told the defendant to leave.

“He did but returned 20 minutes later and banged on the door once again.

“She said ‘living here I feel like a prisoner in my own home.’

“The crown say this offence caused significant psychological harm given the description by the complainant.

“An aggravating feature is the defendant has previous convictions for committing offences like this.”

Gorse, of Colwyn Road, Hartlepool, admitted breaching the restraining order on October 18 last year on the day he was due to stand trial.

Christine Egerton, mitigating, said: “His plea was offered a couple of weeks before the trial and accepted by the prosecution.

“He has been in custody for four months and three weeks, the equivalent of a nine and a half month prison sentence.

“He would welcome the help recommended in the pre-sentence report.”

Gorse was made the subject of an 18 month community order with supervision.

Judge George Moorhourse said: “You caused her distress. You have breached the order in the past but you have spent a long time on remand.”