A 30-YEAR-old man who bumped into his ex-girlfriend on a night out thought a restraining order had expired and invited her back to his flat.

Blackburn magistrates heard the unplanned liaison ended with Gwendoline Wild running from the building screaming and shouting and with blood on her. She told police she had banged her nose on the door and made no complaint against Ryan William Craig.

But he was arrested for breaching the restraining order and put before the court in custody. Craig, of Cheltenham Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to breach of a restraining order. He was fined £110 with £105 costs which was set against time he had already spent in the cells. The court was told Craig received a custodial sentence in 2012 for an assault on Miss Wild.

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said Craig had not seen Miss Wild for a long time.

“His understanding was that the restraining order was for 12 months following his release from prison,” said Mr Taylor. “It is actually an indefinite order.”

Mr Taylor said the couple had met purely by chance and they had gone back to his flat.

“There was an argument and she started to damage his flat,” said Mr Taylor “He did his best to get her out but she kept coming back at him. It’s clear Miss Wild was more than happy to go back with him and equally clear she wasn’t helpful to the police.”