Ex-husband breached order

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An out-of-work market trader broke a court order restricting him from contacting his estranged wife after she invited him to dinner.

Darren Noe, of Cordell Place, Long Melford, admitted breaching the order at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Prosecutor Nicola Leppard said that on June 19, 35-year-old Noe had been told not to contact his wife Karla. The couple had continued living together.

“It was a difficult situation as Mrs Noe was left at home with the four children,” she said.

After a few days, Noe moved to live with a friend but received a text message from his wife of eight years asking him around to see the children and have dinner on June 23.

Initially, everything well, until the pair began to argue and Mrs Noe became “uncomfortable” said Mrs Leppard. Police were called and Noe was arrested.

In mitigation, Claire Lockwood said Noe, who separated from his wife in May, had not understood the terms of the court order.

“A social worker told Mr Noe that he could not argue with Mrs Noe, but could still communicate with her,” she said.

Noe received a 12-month conditional discharge.