Doncaster stalker banned from seeing ex-partner

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A man who stalked his ex-partner as she walked around a Doncaster village has been issued with a restraining order.

Robert Damian Hale, aged 29, will be unable to have any contact with Chelsea Clarke for the next two years.

The order imposed at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court this week means Hale, of Elder Grove, Conisbrough, will have to make contact with their young daughter through other family members.

Hale, who has previous convictions for violence, pleaded guilty to a charge of harassment without violence over a period from July 27 to August 4 this year.

The prosecution claimed Hale’s conduct amounted to harassment because he persistently followed her and caused her upset.

District Judge Jonathan Bennett, after reading background probation reports on the case, said Hale had ‘targeted’ Ms Clarke in Conisbrough and then breached his bail conditions which resulted in him being remanded in custody for a time.

The judge placed Hale on a two-year supervision order with compulsory attendance at 30 domestic violence programme sessions in the evenings.

He was also placed on a curfew to remain at home between 9pm and 5am on Friday and Saturday nights for the next eight weekends.

Mr Bennett said he was imposing the restraining order for the protection of Ms Clarke because she lives in close proximity to the defendant.

One of the conditions is that Hale must not enter the Castle Bar in Chapel Lane where one of the harassment incidents took place as she walked past the premises.

A second harassment charge was dropped by the prosecution.

Hale was also ordered to pay £85 court costs.