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Haverhill man’s breach of court order leads to prison term

Jordan Fenner. Picture courtesy of Suffolk Police
Jordan Fenner. Picture courtesy of Suffolk Police

A Haverhill man who was handed a suspended prison sentence for biting a young boy has been locked up after breaching a court order.

Jordan Fenner, 25, of Beaconsfield Court, had admitted assaulting the three-year-old at an address in the town and in April was sentenced to 16 months custody, suspended for 18 months.

At the same hearing a restraining order was imposed, banning Fenner from having contact with his victim and their family.

Today (Thursday) Ipswich Crown Court heard that last month Fenner had flouted that order by turning up at his victim’s house and near their school and speaking to the boy’s mother as she walked along an alleyway.

Prosecuting, Gavin Capper said that when Fenner’s phone was examined by police it was discovered that most messages had been deleted but some were found which appeared to be from the boy’s mother arranging meetings.

Fenner pleaded guilty to two offences of breaching a restraining order, being in breach of a suspended sentence order and failing to turn up for an appointment to carry out unpaid work which was part of his original sentence.

The court heard that Fenner’s conviction in April for assault causing actual bodily harm followed an incident at an address in Haverhill when he had become involved in a row about a cake.

The incident in October last year left the boy with five separate bite marks.

Appearing today (Thursday) for Fenner, John Kellett said there was “solid evidence” that some of the contact made by his client with the boy and his mother had been at her instigation.

However, Fenner realised that it had been wrong to breach the restraining order and understood that court orders must be obeyed.

Sentencing him, Judge Rupert Overbury imposed a two month prison term for breaching the suspended sentence order and activated 10 months of the suspended sentence, leaving Fenner facing a total of 12 months custody.

Judge Overbury, who said the restraining order would remain in force indefinitely, told Fenner: “Where a court passes a sentence with particular conditions, the court expects those conditions to be satisfied and carried out.”

The judge, describing the attack on the boy as “particularly nasty”, said the boy’s mother had been wrong to instigate any meetings but added: “You have chosen to breach the court order and that was your choice.”