A vile bully with 80 previous convictions was caught out by Scots cops hiding under a duvet inside his estranged girlfriend’s cupboard.
Sean Connell, 33, flagrantly broke special conditions of bail TWICE within five days after he was released from custody with strict orders to stay away from his former partner Erin McNulty.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard Connell first flouted the court’s instruction on July 15 when he “doorstepped” Ms McNulty and “talked his way” into her flat in the town centre.
Procurator fiscal depute Maria Murdoch told how Ms McNulty had been walking her dog in the garden at 10pm and returned to her flat when she discovered him at her door.
Ms Murdoch said: “She reminded him of bail conditions and asked him to leave. She entered her property and the accused placed his foot in the door.
“She asked him to take it away. He apologised for his conduct.
“She allowed him entry because of the change in his demeanour and she wanted to keep the peace.”
Ms McNulty then contacted police when he “raised his voice” at her “when requesting a cigarette.”
He then fled the property.
However, when cops returned to her home around 3.40pm on July 20 to carry out a welfare check Connell was discovered hiding under a quilt in a cupboard in a bedroom.
The prosecutor said: “Police were carrying out a welfare check at the property when they traced the accused, under a duvet, in the cupboard of a spare bedroom.
“He was arrested and taken into custody, but he made no reply to caution or charge.”
Yesterday, Connell of West Campbell Street, in Paisley, appeared in the dock before Sheriff Eoin McGinty and pleaded guilty to breaching conditions of bail, banning him from approaching or contacting his partner.
Defence agent Waqqas Ashraf said his client, who had been in a relationship with Ms McNulty for nine years, was accepting “full responsibility” for his actions.
He said: “There is a complicated background to the situation and he accepts he has been in contact with the complainer on a number of occasions, while he was on bail.
“This is not helpful to him.
“But he has been extremely honest and is accepting his conduct towards Ms McNulty while he was subject to bail.”
Connell also has convictions for hurling abuse at the complainer and attacking cops who had been called out to her address.
Sheriff McGinty tore a strip off him, saying: “He has 80 previous convictions including previous breaches of bail conditions.”
He told him the only suitable sentence was jail, given his previous record and his flagrant disregard for the court’s authority.
He added: “Your convictions show you have repeatedly offended while on bail throughout your lengthy criminal career.
“There is no alternative to a sentence of imprisonment.”
He handed him four months in jail, reduced from six months, because of his early plea of guilty.