A man who was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) to protect women breached it within days of it being fully implemented.

Cleveland Police applied for an interim court order against John McClacklan to protect women amid concerns that his controlling behaviour could lead to sexual offending.

The temporary order barred the 42-year-old from staying in the same house as a woman unless they were aware of his court order and he also had to register a new address within three days of moving in.

Teesside Crown Court heard how McCLacklan was arrested in June when police found him living in a new home in Hartlepool while a mother and daughter were also sleeping at the address.

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Jenny Haigh, prosecuting, said the two offences also put him in breach of a suspended sentence imposed on him in July 2022 for assault.

“He had registered his address in Stockton where he was living with a woman but on May 28 this lady asked him to leave the property due to his controlling behaviour,” she said.

“As a result, he went to Helmsley Street, in Hartlepool and he had failed to register that address. The interim SHPO was made full at the beginning of June.

“Officers attended that address on June 6 and he was inside the house with two ladies.”

Ms Haigh said police interviewed the women, one who was vulnerable after being asked to leave a women’s refuge, and they confirmed they were unaware of the defendant having a SHPO.

The Northern Echo: John McClacklanJohn McClacklan (Image: Cleveland Police)

McClacklan, of Helmsley Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to two breaches of his sexual harm prevention order and a breach of a suspended sentence.

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Tom Bennett, mitigating, said his client was not sleeping in the same room as either of the women and there was no sexual relationship between any of them.

The defendant maintained that he had not received the conditions of the fully implemented SHPO.

Judge Chris Smith said: “I’m satisfied that you knew full well what the terms were and this was a serious and deliberate breach of the order.”

McCLacklan was sentenced for 15 months for all three offences.