County Durham grandson behind bars after breaching restraining order


A troublesome YOUTH who has admitted violating a court order barring him from frequenting his grandmother’s house, ‘again and again, again’, has ended up behind bars.

Alfie Mavin received a suspended prison sentence in January for repeatedly showing up at the 74-year-old’s address, off Sherburn Road, Durham, in breach of a court order ban put in place by magistrates last July.

But, Durham Crown Court heard that days later he broke the order further, showing up at her home on January 27, where he begged her to give him money for socks.

Alfie Mavin repeatedly broke the court order by showing up at his grandmother’s house Photo: DURHAM CONSTABULARY

He fled on this occasion, but he returned and entered, in the early hours of January 30, by breaking a window.

This time he was asking for money for a taxi to take him to the hospital for a hand injury.

Ian West, prosecuting, said there was “something of a showdown” with her grandmother over her handbag, but Mavin walked away, again, empty-handed.

The court heard it was also suggested he visit the house on another occasion when it was thought he may have banged on the windows and been on the roof.

When he was later arrested and questioned by the police, he refused to answer questions.

Mr West said most of Mavin’s recent offenses stemmed from breaches of the restraining order.

Appearing via video link, from HMP Durham, the 21-year-old defendant, from Heaviside Place, Gilesgate, Durham, previously admitted breaching the restraining order on January 27 and 30, but denied any attempted theft , linked to the fight for the Handbag.

Mr West said the prosecution could deal with this as part of the circumstances of the second violation, rather than as a separate, stand-alone offence.

Lewis Kerr, for Mavin, told the court: “The defendant accepts the reality that these are infringements, over and over again.

“It’s clearly persistent. They may not be the worst breaches of all time, but “persistent” is an apt description.

“She offered him accommodation in the past and he actually threw that in her face and he’s been homeless for some time.”

Mr Kerr said the period of pre-trial detention was the defendant’s first experience of detention, at a time when the lockdown regime still applies.

Judge James Adkin said: “She’s a 74-year-old woman who doesn’t want a young boy coming knocking on the house at different times.”

He told Mavin that the way he behaved around his grandmother “had a significant impact” on his family.

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Sentencing to 16 months in prison, including one month for the suspended sentence, he also extended the injunction by four years.

Judge Adkin told Mavin that if he “meets” him again, in court, for further offences, the sentence would only “rise and rise”.

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