Man given community order for breaching Sexual Harm Prevention Order

16 December 2018, 05:28 | Updated: 17 December 2018, 12:03

Domestic abuse offender

A man with a history of domestic violence has been sentenced to a two-year community order after breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order gained by police to protect women.

Jeremiah Smith, 32 and from Gloucester, appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, where he was given the order and told he must take part in a course that will help him control his behaviour. 

Officers are also publicising the terms of Smith's SHPO to encourage reporting of any future breaches and help protect anyone else becoming a victim.

A SHPO is a court order that can be imposed by magistrates and is sought by police when it is believed there is a risk to the public, a group of people or individuals and it places strict restrictions and requirements on an offender's behaviour.

A breach can lead to a prison sentence of up to five years.

Smith's order which will last until November 2023, means he cannot:

  • Have a relationship, sexual, intimate or otherwise, with a female person, aged 16 years or over, without disclosing their name and address to your designated Police Public Protection officer within three days of such a relationship starting. This includes relationships that have started via social media or online as well as in person or by any other means of communication.Relationship does not include engagement which is inadvertent and not reasonably avoidable in the course of normal and lawful daily life e.g. having a haircut or phoning for a taxi.
  • Approach, engage or communicate with, by any method, any female, aged 16 years or over, who has given clear direction to him, either directly or indirectly, that she does not wish to engage or communicate in return.
  • Enter the dwelling or place of residence (not to include any communal areas) of any female, aged 16 years or over, without a clear invitation to cross the threshold of such premises.

Inspector Simon Goodenough said: "SHPOs are a tool in our armoury when it comes to protecting possible future victims and managing someone's behaviour.

"Smith has a history of being violent towards the women he gets into a relationship with and we believed a SHPO was the correct and proportionate course of action on top of pursuing the criminal offences themselves.

"Alongside the course he must now attend that may help change his behaviour in the long term we felt that publicising his SHPO will help protect others and may also have an impact on Smith's actions.

"While we will do everything we can to support Smith to change his behaviour if you do become aware of any breaches then we would encourage you to call 101 and quote incident 198 of 14 December."