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Committal for Contempt of Court in Open Court in Swindon: Jeffries

Claim No: F00SN197

Swindon Family Court

31 March 2020

 

Before:

District Judge Hatvany

Between:

Swindon Borough Council

-v-

Michael Jeffries

 


On Tuesday 31 March 2020 the first Defendant Michael Jefferies of 467 Cricklade Road, Swindon appeared in relation to two further alleged breaches of the injunction order of 4th June 2019 namely entering his mother’s property at 65 Poplar Avenue Swindon on 1 and 11 March 2020.
The Vodafone video-link failed and the hearing had to be conducted by telephone with the Defendant at Gablecross and James Lenehan for Swindon Borough Council albeit the judge sat robed in open court.
Mr Jefferies has been advised at a number of previous court hearings of his right to silence and of the need to seek legal advice given his liberty was at stake. He had attempted to use his criminal solicitors but they were unable to assist with a breach of a civil injunction, He had contacted Shearer and Co who were prepared to assist but claimed he was unable to afford to travel from Swindon to their offices in Chippenham.
That advice (of the right to silence and to seek legal advice) was again given to Mr. Jefferies at this hearing when he indicated he would like to proceed and admitted to the two breaches,
The suspended sentence passed by Judge Smith on 10th January 2020 was activated equating to 60 days. An additional sentence of 21 days was passed for the two admitted breaches taking into account the history of four previous breaches but giving credit for the admissions made today. 2 days credit was given for the night in custody following arrest yesterday.
A total sentence of 79 days to commence immediately.

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