Worksop: Man found hiding upstairs in pal’s bedroom after breaching ASBO

A 26-year-old man was found hiding upstairs in his pal’s bedroom after breaching his Worksop ASBO, a court heard.
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Liam Gilfoyle

Liam Gilfoyle had come to the area to bring his mum a ‘belated’ Mother’s Day present before going to his friend’s house after ‘losing his bus ticket’.

He pleaded guilty to the offence at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Friday 20th March.

The full order was granted on Friday 5th September 2014 following a catalogue of violent and abusive acts, including harassment, theft and criminal damage against members of the public.

The ASBO prevented him from entering or remaining in areas of north Worksop between the boundaries of Carlton Road and Blyth Road, including Prospect, Larwood and Kilton.

It also prevented from begging or demanding money and encouraging others to do so throughout Worksop.

Officers arrived at an address on Mercia Close at around 9.50pm on 19th March and found Gilfoyle hiding in a bedroom upstairs.

It was said that Gilfoyle had also attended his parents’ house before then moving on to his friend’s after a member of the public recognised him and reported him to the police.

In police interview, Gilfoyle admitted to being at his parents’ house and said he understood that being in Worksop meant that he was in breach of the order.

In mitigation, Ian Pridham, said: “The ASBO was implemented to stop him from begging for money, accessing alcohol and thefts.”

“It was always going to be difficult for him.”

“It was always going to cause him problems.”

“All of his friends and family live in the area.”

“All of his ties are in the Worksop area.”

Gilfoyle, now of Fox Street, Rotherham, was now said to be living in shared accommodation after previously ‘sofa surfing’ and living in hostels and on the streets.

“He went to his friend’s house with a view to staying their for a night,” Mr Pridham added.

“Somebody reported him and the police arrested him.”

“There was no suggestion that he was drunk or begging.”

“He was just simply in the area.”

The magistrates sentenced Gilfoyle to a six-month community order with a three-month electronic tag and rehabilitation activity requirement.

He was also ordered to pay £40 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.