A MAN ignored a court order to stay away from his former girlfriend.
Matthew Day, of Batley Street in Moldgreen, appeared before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.
He was in custody after being arrested by police. The Huddersfield bench was told that Day is accused of assaulting his ex, Stephanie Smith.
He denies the charge and faces trial at the court on August 31.
Day’s bail conditions are not to contact Miss Smith nor enter Longfield Avenue in Dalton.
However the 22-year-old breached these conditions on July 2.
Paul Ramsay, prosecuting, said that on that date Miss Smith was shopping in Huddersfield town centre with a friend.
She was outside Crawshaw Butchers on New Street when she saw Day on the other side of the street.
Mr Ramsay said: “He walked up to her, put his face in front of hers and said: ‘I’ll see you in court’.
“She started to have a panic attack, which she says has been happening ever since he assaulted her.”
The prosecutor told magistrates that Day then walked away.
Mr Ramsay said: “I accept it was a chance meeting, but it was exacerbated by the fact that he felt it necessary to remind her that there were court proceedings.
“‘I’ll see you in court’ has a menacing ring to it and it appears to have affected her in that she had a panic attack.”
Magistrates were told that Day breached his court bail previously by texting Miss Smith.
His solicitor Mike Sisson-Pell said that Day was in an ‘emotional state’ as his ex had continued to contact him.
He said: “I’ve explained to him that if he sees her again in town he’s got to turn around and walk away or go down a side street.”
Magistrates agreed to readmit Day to bail, but warned him that he faces jail until the trial if he ignores his conditions again.