Bail bid rejected for alleged ASBO breaker Hannah Stewart
A BAIL bid by alleged ASBO breaker Hannah Stewart was rejected after magistrates saw no change in her aggressive ranting around Nailsworth.
The application to free Stewart, 41, from her remand in jail was turned down today by Stroud Court.
The magistrates remanded Stewart, of Tetbury Lane in Nailsworth, in custody for four weeks until October 10.
Their decision was made because “we don’t think anything has changed since the District Judge remanded this lady” the bench chairman said.
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He went on: “If we grant conditional bail to anybody we have to have conditions that will stop further offending ... we are struggling to find any conditions that would meet that,” he said.
Stewart was accused of breaching her ASBO - anti social behaviour order - on both August 17 and August 24 in Nailsworth.
The two charges, which her solicitor Joan Hughes said she “emphatically denied”, alleged the defendant had shouted and sworn, and also “behaved in an aggressive manner and ranted causing alarm and distress” in the town near Stroud.
“Miss Stewart has a difficult history,” Mrs Hughes told the hearing.
“There have been mental health issues. She has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder but also she has an alcohol problem,” said Mrs Hughes during her bail application.
“She has told me this morning she is never going to drink again. She wants to be at liberty,” Mrs Hughes said.
Stewart, who appeared via video link from prison, was given the ASBO on August 17 but charged with breaking it that same day and again a few days later, prosecutor Louise Pinder said.
“The nature of the allegations are breaches of court orders. Very recently imposed. Within hours in one case,” Miss Pinder said.
Offences had also been committed on bail, said Miss Pinder.
“The ASBO was imposed less that a month ago and there are four breaches, two of ASBO and two of bail,” said Miss Pinder who opposed bail.