Tayside and Central Scotland

Christmas present father jailed for bail order breach

Perth Sheriff Court
Image caption The court heard Hadden had breached similar bail conditions

A father who breached bail conditions to leave Christmas presents for his baby daughter has been jailed.

William Hadden had been instructed not to approach his partner Laura Robertson or her home at Cromlix Road in Perth after a previous falling out.

The city's sheriff court heard Hadden was invited to leave presents in the early hours of Christmas Day but Ms Robertson later contacted police.

Hadden, 30, was jailed for four months backdated to his arrest on Christmas.

Fiscal depute Rebecca Kynaston told the court Hadden was placed on bail last October with the condition not to enter Ms Robertson's home.

"On Christmas Day she contacted the police to say the accused had refused to leave her home," Mrs Kynaston said.

Solicitor Larry Flynn, defending, said: "I am sure there are two sides to the story. It is a tempestuous relationship which has had its ups and downs.

"He had been invited up. It was Christmas and he went up with the presents, although he was aware he should not have. It started well, but ended up in a row and he got arrested."

Mr Flynn told the court Hadden had taken presents to the flat for his own 10-month-old child as well as his partner's four-year-old girl from a previous relationship.

"There were presents for both," he said. "The couple do see themselves staying together."

Custodial sentence

Sheriff Michael Fletcher noted Hadden had a criminal record including a previous breach of bail on similar terms.

He told Hadden: "Your most recent conviction was for a matter exactly the same. Here you are, doing the same thing within a short time.

"Court regards bail conditions as extremely important. For you to ignore them again means I cannot deal with it other than by a custodial sentence."

Hadden, 30, admitted breaching bail by entering the address on 25 December.

The same court heard a fortnight ago how Ms Robertson had also spent a night in custody after a violent clash with her partner over her Facebook status.

She changed her status to "single" on the social media website and when Hadden found out he confronted her. The row turned violent with her hitting him in the face with a beer bottle.

He was taken to hospital and Robertson was arrested and detained overnight in a police cell. She admitted assault and was fined £200.