A MAN breached a court order to stay away from his ex wife – after beeping his car horn at her.
Martin Rhodes, of New Mill Road in Brockholes, was subject to two different orders banning him from contacting Katie Rhodes.
But the 40-year-old fell foul of the rules when he beeped his car horn at Mrs Rhodes when he spotted her out jogging.
He was ordered to pay a fine by Kirklees magistrates yesterday after admitting the breaches.
Magistrates were told that on July 24 a non-molestation order was made at Huddersfield County Court.
A restraining order was then made by magistrates on September 13, which also banned Rhodes from contacting his ex.
However Rhodes breached both of these orders in January 5.
Linda Fowler, prosecuting, said that in the morning Mrs Rhodes was jogging along the road at Far Bank in Shelley.
She said: “A vehicle passed her and as it did it beeped the horn.
“She saw that the vehicle slowed down as it approached her.”
Magistrates heard that Mrs Rhodes recognised the car as belonging to Mr Rhodes.
Mrs Fowler said: “She says she was absolutely terrified to see him and was very distressed.”
Paul Blanchard, mitigating, described his client’s offending as “technical”.
He said: “There’s no desire from Mr Rhodes to cause this young lady intimidation.
“It’s not as though she has a set pattern to go running.
“He’s beeped the horn, gone past and immediately thought I shouldn’t have done that.”
Magistrates told Rhodes to pay a fine of £70.
They also ordered him to pay £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge.