Man banned from contacting estranged wife discovered in her garden

A MAN banned from contacting his estranged wife was found in her garden, a court was told.

Stephen Bounds was under a restraining order imposed in January 2011 which stopped him contacting Deborah Bounds or visiting her Old Leake home.

Prosecutor Andrew Scott told Lincoln Crown Court on Friday that a police officer visited the property on April 10 this year to speak to Deborah Bounds.

When the officer got no answer he looked in the back yard and saw a man in a stable.

The officer then spoke to Deborah Bounds who told him the man was called ‘Bob’ and helped out but the man himself claimed his name was ‘Fred’.

Deborah Bounds then admitted the man was her husband and had been living at the property.

Stephen Bounds, 62, of no fixed address, admitted breaching a restraining order. He was jailed for 60 days and released immediately because of the time he had spent on remand in custody.

Gordon Holt, defending, said the couple had a ‘dysfunctional relationship’ and despite the previous court order Bounds was living at the property.

He said that after his spell in custody Bounds now has no plans to resume the relationship and has been looking for alternative accommodation.