A drunken man’s breach of a court order when he tried to ring his former partner cost him over £200.
Iain Nesbitt, 42, is banned from contacting the woman except through a third party to arrange contact with his children, South Northumbria Magistrates’ Court heard.
Paul Anderson, prosecuting, told the court: “The woman saw Nesbitt’s details come up on her phone when it rang.
“She rejected the call, then called the police to report the breach of the order.
“When Nesbitt was interviewed, he said he knew it was a stupid thing to do.
“He said he had been drinking, and had argued with his current partner.”
Nesbitt, of Toner Avenue, Hebburn, admitted breach of a restraining order on March 20.
David Forrester, defending, said: “This was a single breach, which Mr Nesbitt sincerely regrets.
“There has been no further breaches since.
“I have reminded him the restraining order remains in force, and while one transgression may be seen as unfortunate, sentences will increase incrementally if he does it again.”
The bench ordered Nesbitt to pay fines and costs of £235.