Asbo man warned he could go back to jail

A west Norfolk man who breached his antisocial behaviour order by twice intimidating another man was yesterday warned he may face jail. A jury at Norwich Crown Court took just over an hour to find Eli Frankham guilty of two charges of breaching the Asbo on October 29 and November 4 last year.

A west Norfolk man who breached his antisocial behaviour order by twice intimidating another man was yesterday warned he may face jail.

A jury at Norwich Crown Court took just over an hour to find Eli Frankham guilty of two charges of breaching the Asbo on October 29 and November 4 last year.

Frankham, 43, of Roman Bank, Walpole St Andrew, near King's Lynn, had denied the breaches, which involved intimidating Mark Eastwood of Strawberry Farm, Walpole St Andrew.

The Asbo, imposed by King's Lynn magistrates in September 2004, was for five years and ordered Frankham not to threaten or intimidate anyone with intent to cause alarm, harassment or distress within west Norfolk and in Wisbech.

The jury heard there had been a problem between the Frankhams' children and those of Mr Eastwood and his partner, Toni Ryder.

On the day of the first breach, Frankham and another man went to Mr Eastwood's home and invited him outside for a fight.

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On November 4 a convoy of cars went to Mr Eastwood's property and Frankham again asked Mr Eastwood for a fight.

Stephen Ridley, prosecuting, had suggested Frankham had gone to Mr Eastwood's home to intimidate him, but Frankham had replied “No”.

Frankham had told the court that he had only been to Mr Eastwood's property to tell him he did not want a fight.

Frankham also said he thought his asbo only applied to schools.

The court heard Frankham had numerous previous offences for assault and threatening behaviour; burglary; theft and handling stolen goods.

He was jailed for 18 weeks and given the Asbo in September 2004 for verbally intimidating and threatening a headteacher.

He was given conditional bail and is due to be sentence on September 14.

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