Man faces jail after sending his son a birthday card

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A MAN could face jail after breaching a restraining order against his ex – by sending a birthday card to their son.

Michael McMurrough was barred from contacting the woman by the order, which was given to him in October 2012 for an attack on her.

But he breached the indefinite order after accompanying his new girlfriend to post birthday cards through the door of her home in Jarrow.

The 30-year-old was captured on CCTV at nearby Fellgate Metro Station on his way to her home on July 30.

McMurrough pleaded guilty to breaching the order when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The offence also puts him in breach of a suspended prison term given by the crown court.

The case was sent to Newcastle Crown Court for sentencing.

The hearing will take place in the first week of September and McMurrough was given bail until that date.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “He was given a restraining order in October 2012, meaning he couldn’t contact his ex partner or go to the Hedworth Estate in Jarrow.

“Two birthday cards were put through the letter box. The woman looked outside and saw his partner leaving.

“The victim is terrified of the defendant.

When arrested, McMurrough admitted he had accompanied his partner to deliver the cards.

The court heard it was second breach of the restraining order.

Andrew Wigmore, defending, said: “This was a non-threatening breach. He hasn’t seen his children for some time.

“On the flip side, he is on a suspended sentence order. He is clearly in breach of the order and knows the likely outcome of that.”

McMurrough, of Chester Terrace North, Sunderland, will be sentenced for the breach at Newcastle Crown Court next month.

Pat Morris, chairman of the magistrates, gave him bail with the condition he does not enter South Tyneside.

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