Dropped keys land man back in court for curfew breach

A MAN found himself back in the dock after breaching his curfew for the second time in the space of a week – because he accidentally got locked out of his own house.

Peter Forshaw was put on an electronically-monitored curfew by South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Monday, March 17, requiring him to be at home from 7pm to 7am each day as part of bail granted over a denied charge of theft from a vehicle.

But the 39-year-old landed himself in court after being caught outdoors at 7.29pm just a day later.

The court heard Forshaw, of Broughton Road in South Shields, had gone out for a walk without his watch on and lost track of time.

He was readmitted to the same bail conditions after admitting the offence, but was back at court yesterday after a second curfew breach on Tuesday.

Frances Ralph, prosecuting, said: “He has an electronic tag and was out 15 minutes after his curfew.

“When he was interviewed by police, he admitted the breach and said he couldn’t get back in his house.”

Valerie Bell, defending, said Forshaw had been doing a work trial with his brother, a plasterer, and had been given a lift home in order to be back in time for the curfew.

But he unwittingly left his keys in his brother’s vehicle, who had already drove off before he realised.

Miss Bell said: “His keys had fallen out of his cargo pants and were on the seat in the van.

“His brother had drove off and realised he had the keys when he got to a petrol station.

“He is upset with himself for being here over something as silly as being 15 minutes over the curfew.”

Peter Connor, chairman of magistrates, accepted Forshaw’s explanation and granted bail with the same condition until his trial on May 12.

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