A TWENTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD man has been sent to jail for breaching a restraining order via social media messages through a third party.

Robert Lee Boulsover, of Ghyll Grove, Moss Bank was given a prison sentence at Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Magistrates' Court.

Boulsover, 22, had indicated a guilty plea during an earlier hearing to two charges of breaching the order.

He admitted that he contacted a female on September 5 last year via a third party using social media messages and also on November 14. He was prohibited from doing this by a restraining order imposed by Preston Crown Court in August last year.

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The 22-year-old was committed to prison for 12 weeks for the first breach and a concurrent 12-week term for the second.

According to a court sheet, the jail sentence was given because his offence was "so serious". This was due to the offence being "aggravated by the defendant's record of previous offending".

Boulsover was also ordered to pay £250 in compensation.

His guilty pleas were taken into account when sentencing was imposed.