Jail for Llay man who did not leave ex-wife alone


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A FORMER restaurant owner has been jailed for 10 months after he admitted breaching a restraining order not to approach his ex-wife.

Nicholas Anthony Churton, 63, had said the order did not matter a jot to him.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said he had decided to ignore a court order, effectively for the fourth time, and now had to face the consequences.

Churton had been made the subject of a non- molestation order last year not to approach Margaret Churton.

But he breached it and a restraining order had been made not to approach her or go within a kilometre of the former matrimonial home at Meadow Barn in Llay.

However, on January 3 he entered the address and said “I’m home”.

At that stage he was made the subject of a suspended prison sentence, explained prosecuting barrister Jonathan Austin.

But Mold Crown Court heard yesterday how he had attended her home on four occasions on consecutive days in June.

His wife, daughter or other members of the family had been able to persuade him to leave but on the last occasion he refused to go and the police were called as a last resort.

Yesterday he received a six month sentence – and four months of the suspended sentence were activated, making 10 months in all.

Judge Rowlands said the defendant’s former wife, who still had feelings for him and who believed he needed help, was at her wit’s end.

Interviewed, the defendant had said he did not care about the order as it did not mean a jot to him.

The jude said he was an intelligent individual and knew full well what the order entailed.

“If you choose to ignore the order, you have to face the consequences,” the judge said.

He had twice breached a non-molestation order and had now twice admitted breaching the restraining order, which remained in place.

“Unfortunately, you have brought this situation upon yourself,” the judge told him.
The court heard Churton, who now lives in Grosvenor Road, Wrexham, had been a successful businessman who ran his own restaurant for many years with his wife.

Alun Williams, defending, said his client found it difficult to accept his marriage was over but his family and his ex-wife were supportive of him.

Mr Williams said she still loved him but wished him to adhere to the restraining order.

Mr Williams said Churton did not accept he was an alcoholic but he clearly drank to excess and there were also mental health problems.

He added it had been “a double hit” for Churton that the business had been sold and his marriage had come to an end.

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