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Leek resident Karon Gallo banned from going within 10 metres of The Valiant Inn to keep her away from ex-boyfrient Terrence Wood

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 10, 2014

By Post & Times reporter

A woman has been barred from going near a Leek pub after breaching an order forbidding her from contacting her ex-boyfriend.

Karon Gallo, aged 40, is not allowed to go near The Valiant Inn after she harassed her former partner Terrence Wood and called him a 'rat bag' in the street.

Gallo had previously been sentenced to a two-year restraining order by North Staffordshire magistrates in April which prevented her from contacting Mr Wood.

But she breached the order twice within a month of it being imposed.

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Magistrates heard she saw Mr Wood in the street and when he called her "scum" she retorted "rat bag". And six days later she went to both The Wellington Inn and The Valiant Inn looking for him.

Now Gallo has been fined £220 with £170 costs and a £20 surcharge, and excluded from going within 10 metres of The Valiant Inn after admitting two charges of breaching a restraining order.

Prosecutor Kul Khaira told the court that on May 10 Mr Wood left The Valiant Inn and started walking towards Market Place when he heard Gallo shout at him.

Mr Khaira said: "She said, 'You think you are a god don't you, you low-life'.

"He called her scum. She said, 'You are worse than scum, you rat bag', before walking away."

On May 16 Gallo, of St Edward Street, entered The Wellington Inn and The Valiant Inn.

Mr Khaira said: "This defendant entered The Wellington Inn and said, 'Where is Terrence?'

She then entered The Valiant and said, 'Tell Terrence, my dog has got to be put down'."

Scott Ashdown, mitigating, said the first breach was a chance meeting in the street and Gallo had not sought out Mr Wood.

Mr Ashdown said: "He called her scum and she retorted by calling him a rat bag."

He added that on May 16 Gallo went to the pubs because her dog was severely ill and she wanted someone to help.

Mr Ashdown said Gallo, who was 39 at the time of the offences, has now moved on and is in a new relationship.

He added: "She wants closure from these proceedings."

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