A WINSFORD man has avoided an immediate return jail after breaching a restraining order just three months after it was imposed.

Jonathan Edwards, of Weaver Street, was jailed for six weeks on August 4 for harassing a woman hurling homophobic abuse at her.

On this occasion, Chester magistrates issued a restraining order banning him from contacting the woman.

But on November 5 the 54-year-old was found in her company without reasonable excuse.

Returning to Chester Magistrates Court on November 7, Edwards pleaded guilty to breaching the restraining order.

Taking his plea into consideration, the bench sentenced him to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.

The court heard a custodial sentence was imposed because of the defendant's 'flagrant disregard for court orders'.

But it was also said the sentence could be suspended due to Edwards being a 'realistic prospect for rehabilitation'.

The court also imposed an electronically-monitored curfew which will run until January 2, 2024, meaning he must remain at home between 8pm and 8am, seven days a week.

Edwards must also complete up to a maximum of 10 days rehabilitation activity.

No order for costs was made.