Restraining orders for pair

Court news
Court news

A couple who were jailed for 11 months after neglecting a toddler have now been given restraining orders.

Nicola Armstrong, 32, and Lee Varley, 27, of Longhirst Road, Pegswood, were sentenced in March for failing to seek medical treatment for a ‘severe and horrific’ burn to the child’s back.

The youngster, who is from the Amble area but cannot be named for legal reasons, is Armstrong’s son and was two-and-a-half when the incident happened in Hadston on April 9 last year.

Armstrong and her partner Varley had both pleaded guilty to a charge of wilfully neglecting the toddler.

And on Friday, the pair returned to Newcastle Crown Court to be given restraining orders, with varying conditions.

Judge Robert Adams said that if either of them breach the order, they could be punished by a sentence of five years. He added that if there is a case to seek a variation in the future, an application can be made to the court.

After the pair were sentenced last month, the toddler’s father said that the actions of Armstrong and Varley had ‘turned his world upside down’ .

During the sentencing, the court heard how the boy had been subjected to ‘four days of untreated suffering’, until the toddler’s father stepped in. The cause of the burn is not known.