Custody for man who breached bail

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

The 37-year-old from Witheridge failed to answer the door when G4S worker turned up to fit his electronic tag.

A WITHERIDGE man has been remanded in custody after magistrates found he had breached the conditions of his bail.

Colin Daniels, 37, of Cannington Road, denied breaching a curfew from 10pm until 8am imposed upon him as part of his bail conditions by Exeter Magistrates Court.

Daniels is awaiting trial for a charge of robbery at Exeter Crown Court in which it is alleged he stole a PlayStation, games, a mobile phone and two dogs.

He was arrested after a Group 4 Securicor (G4S) worker arrived at his house to place an electronic tag on him but no one answered the door.

The worker had knocked on the door just after 10pm and tried to call a contact number for Daniels, which was also not answered.

The police were notified and Daniels was arrested on Thursday when he was found walking in Bear Street, Barnstaple.

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North Devon Magistrates’ Court heard evidence on Friday from Daniels and his two friends Tristian Bright and Anne-Marie Harris.

Daniels told the court he had been at his house the whole night with his friends with music and the television on, and denied he had breached his bail.

All three said they had gone to bed by 10pm and heard no knock on the door.

But presiding magistrate Martyn Steer-Fowler said the bench was not convinced that the officer would have left the house without making his presence known.

He said: “We feel that the G4S officer is well aware that he has to make himself heard and would have done so.

“He has left paperwork which has mysteriously got lost and rang your telephone number. Therefore we find that you have breached your bail.”

When deciding what action to take, magistrates heard this was not the first occasion Daniels had breached his bail.

“You were warned if you breached bail you’re likely to lose your liberty,” said Mr Steer-Fowler.

“You have breached bail on this occasion and further more on two occasions, and furthermore committed another offence while on bail.

“You will not be granted bail.”

Daniels was remanded in custody until a date is set when he can apply to the crown court for bail.

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