‘Stupid’ Daryl Gibson has breached a restraining order – after sending a begging letter to a witness in his trial.
The 28-year-old had already been ordered to have no contact with the woman as part of a five-year restraining order imposed in January, 2019.
But she returned to her Burslem home after giving evidence in his trial last October to find the letter which had been posted from the defendant’s prison.
It read: “I will give you anything you want, money or whatever, just do the right thing please.”
Now Gibson has been jailed for 15 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
The woman was described as a ‘principle witness’ in last year’s trial.
Prosecutor Suzanne Francis said: “He made some offers of money.”
Gibson, from Birmingham, pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order.
Nick Tatlow, mitigating, said: “The sending of the letter was an act of monumental stupidity on his part. The effect of the letter on the victim was minimal. She became aware of it after she gave evidence. There is little evidence distress was caused to her by the sending of the letter.”
He added: “He very much regrets his foolishness.”
Gibson’s current restraining order will remain in place.
Judge Paul Glenn said: “The letter was not threatening or aggressive but a very clear breach of the restraining order.
“You have a history of not complying with court orders. This was committed while in custody and at the start of a criminal trial. It is a very serious breach. Nothing other than a custodial sentence is appropriate.”
The judge entered a not guilty verdict after Gibson had also been charged with doing an act intending to pervert the course of public justice.