Tracking device man sentenced

PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 July 2011 | UPDATED: 11:12 07 July 2011

Royce was handed a two year-long restraining order

Royce was handed a two year-long restraining order

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A MAN who fitted a tracking device to his ex-partner's car has escaped jail.

Nicholas Royce was instead handed a two-year restraining order and a 12-month community order at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges on June 30 after admitting fitting the device to Sarah Conning’s car last year.

After finding the black box attached to the underside of her car on December 6, the bomb squad was called out and Royce, of Lower Church Road, Weston, was subsequently arrested.

A court had previously heard how Royce had become obsessive after Miss Conning left him, and started going out with his friend, Paul Ellis.

He sent her numerous text messages and harassed her at Bottelinos restaurant in Weston, before attaching the tracking device, which he had bought off the internet, to her car on or around November 22.

As part of the restraining order, Royce, who had originally pleaded not guilty but changed his plea, must not make any contact directly or indirectly with Miss Conning, or visit her home.

He must also complete 100 house of unpaid work as part of the community order, obey a curfew requiring him to remain at his home between 9pm-9am for the next two months, and pay £350 in costs.

Magistrate Noel Hector said: “This is a very serious offence and therefore the court waited for a pre-sentence report to be written.

“The court has decided to go along with the recommendations in the report, and for this offence we are going to order a community sentence for a period of 12 months.”

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