South Tyneside man breached his curfew after returning home to fine his front door smashed in

A South Tyneside man breached his bail conditions by being away from home twice during a court-ordered night-time curfew, magistrates heard.

Gary Davidson, 42, did so once after returning to Newmarket Walk, in South Shields, at 7.06pm on Thursday, January 21, to find his front door smashed in.

Already six minutes late for his 7pm curfew start time, he broke bail again by promptly leaving to go to a friend’s house to charge his flat mobile phone.

Even his defence solicitor admitted he should have made calling EMS, the company which monitors defendants’ electronic tags, his priority to let them know he was unavoidably out.

South Tyneside Law Courts. Picture by FRANK REID.

Davidson has now been warned not to breach his bail again after admitting the offence when he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

He is due to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday, April 9, on a charge of common assault.

Prosecutor Clare Irving told the hearing: “The defendant was out past his curfew.

“He returned home at 7.06pm and then left home about two seconds later, and he then returned home late.

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“At 7.36pm EMS tried to contact him but there was no answer on his telephone.”

Judith Curry, defending, said: “He had returned home slightly after 7pm.

“When he got home his front door had been broken down and his mobile phone hadn’t been charged, so he went off to a friend’s house to call the police.

“He returned later, at 7.19pm, having called the police, and there will be an incident number for this.

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“He accepts that he probably should have called EMS and told them about this.”

Magistrates agreed to a prosecution request to readmit Davidson to bail on his existing conditions.

They are to live and sleep at his home address, abide by a 7pm to 7am curfew, not to interfere with witnesses, and to co-operate with the Probation Service.

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