Man jailed by Plymouth magistrates for calling ex-wife
A MAN who breached a restraining order by phoning his ex-wife within hours of being released from prison has been sent back to jail.
Darren Hill, aged 30, was locked up for 12 weeks for calling the woman on Wednesday after serving time for a similar offence. Hill, of no fixed address, admitted breaching the order on March 13.
Eoin McCarthy, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Hill was released after serving a sentence for two previous breaches of the order.
He said Hill called his ex-partner on her mobile when she was a passenger in a car at about 2pm.
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Mr McCarthy said Hill told the woman he loved her and wanted her back.
He said the ex-wife switched the call to loudspeaker so it could be overheard, hung up and then called the police.
The court heard officers arrested Hill, who was staying at the Salvation Army hostel in Devonport, at 5.30pm.
David Teague, for Hill, said he used to have a substantial drugs habit but his life changed when he met his wife. He added he found work at a call centre.
But Mr Teague said: "He messed things up, assaulting his wife after a relatively trivial argument and that brought about the restraining order. He has struggled to cope with the break-up of the marriage."