Walberswick man, 76, to face trial over restraining order breaches

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Alexander Apthorpe denies acting in breach of a restraining order. - Credit: PHIL MORLEY

The trial of a 76-year-old man Suffolk man accused of repeatedly breaching a restraining order will take place in October.

Before Ipswich Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing on Tuesday (August 2) via a prison video link was Alexander Apthorpe, of The Green, Walberswick. 

He pleaded not guilty to acting in breach of a restraining order on June 5 this year.

The restraining order was made in August last year.

Apthorpe also denies breaching the restraining order on December 23 last year and January 7 and 17 this year.

His trial, which is expected to last two days, will take place in a warned list commencing, October 10.

Apthorpe, who has declined to be legally represented, is currently remanded in custody after a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to attend an earlier court hearing.

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His trial was due to have taken place in May next year but has been moved forward to October as he is now in custody.