Homeless man breached court order banning him from contact with mum

South Northumbria Magistrates Court in South Shields
South Northumbria Magistrates Court in South Shields

A homeless man breached a courtorder banning him from contacting his mother.

Geoffrey Fitzsimmons was seen by a neighbour of his mother in Rembrandt Avenue, South Shields, banging on the door of his mother’s house, South Northumbria Magistrates’ Court heard.

“The neighbour was aware of a court order preventing the defendant contacting his mother Joan Fitzsimmons, who is in her 70s,” said Glenda Beck, prosecuting.

“Geoffrey Fitzsimmons was banging on the door of the house, shouting for his mum.

“He said he wanted to speak to her about a bungalow.”

The court heard Fitzsimmons also answered for a separate offence of possessing amphetamine.

“He was seen near the Metro line in South Shields,” said Ms Beck. “Police were called and found Mr Fitzsimmons to be under the influence of drink or drugs.

“He was found to be carrying a small quantity of amphetamine.”

Fitzsimmons, 45, of no fixed abode, admitted possession of a class B drug on November 14 last year and he admitted breaching a restraining order on March 21 this year.

Fitzsimmons was given a conditional discharge for six months, and ordered to pay £20 victim surcharge. The amphetamine was confiscated and will be destroyed.