Assault charge man breached bail conditions to pick up insulin

editorial image

A MAN who breached bail conditions for the second time in a matter of days has been warned he could face custody if he makes it a hat-trick of offences.

Casey Bell was ordered to stay out of South Tyneside as part of bail conditions handed out at Newcastle Crown Court as he awaits a trial date over an alleged assault.

He appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Friday after going to the borough to collect his dog, which was cared for by his aunt, until she died last week.

He was spared punishment on that occasion, only to break bail again in the early hours of Monday by visiting his mother in Hebburn.

Bell, 21, who also must live and sleep at Leven Walk, Peterlee, until his trial, admitted breaching his bail at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday. The court heard that he had been at the address to pick up insulin, as he is a diabetic.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “He was given bail conditions by Newcastle Crown Court in July. The bail imposed prohibits him from entering South Tyneside.

“He was caught at his mother’s address in Jutland Avenue, Hebburn at 2.25am (on Monday).”

Stephanie Malloy, defending, said: “He has asked me to pass on his sincere apologies to the court. He fully accepts he attended the address in Hebburn.

“He is diabetic and needed his insulin. He tried to contact his mother to arrange for it to be sent to him. He couldn’t get in contact and felt poorly. He felt he had no alternative but to go to the address, but he accepts it was the wrong thing to do.”

Elaine McCullough, chairwoman of the magistrates, agreed to give Bell bail –but he must stay out of the borough, apart from an agreement to attend his aunt’s funeral.

She said: “The bench does have grave concerns – this is your second breach in just four days. If it happens again, the next bench might remand you in custody.”

Bell must stay out of South Tyneside and live and sleepe at his address in Peterlee. He was given an electronically-monitored curfew, to run from 7pm until 7am until his crown court date.