A Hull man has been issued with a curfew after stealing two beers from his ex-partner's home.

Ryan Stephenson, 28, of Princes Avenue, was charged with burglary in Hull Magistrates Court after he went into the property of his former girlfriend without permission and helped himself to alcohol while he was in there.

The court heard that Stephenson went in to the home to retrieve his belongings whilst his ex-girlfriend was out, but decided to help himself to beers from her fridge.

Miss Markham, prosecuting, said: "Mr Stephenson entered the address of his ex-partner and drank two beers out of the fridge whilst she was not there.

"The neighbours saw him and informed [the victim] who then rung the police and arrived at the property with them.

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"He said that he entered the property to retrieve his belongings, and left a note and took beer from the fridge."

Stephenson pleaded guilty to burglary and his defence solicitor, Daniel Joyce, asked for leniency based on this early plea.

"Mr Stephenson only entered the property to retrieve his belongings as he wanted to see his 14-month-old son," said Mr Joyce.

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"He is trying to get involved in his child's life and has completed a course to do so and hoped he could discuss this with his former partner.

"It was apparent that he should not have attended without permission and he admits he should not have drunk the beer, but saw it there and drank it.

"The crime was committed on impulse and was unsophisticated in nature with no planning."

Issuing Stephenson with a curfew during the time of the coronavirus lockdown, District Judge Zoe Passfield told the defendant that he has to stay home between 7pm and 6am.

She said: "I give you credit for your guilty plea and looking at your post sentence suspension, you are doing reasonably well, but you need to keep to your appointments.

"I am issuing a community order with an electronic monitor to make sure that you are staying at home."

District Judge Passfield also imposed costs of £175 to be paid at £5 a week out of Stephenson's Universal Credit benefits.