Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ex-Rugby Player's New Sentence for Breaching Order

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ex-Rugby Player's New Sentence for Breaching Order

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A FORMER rugby league star who harassed his ex-wife has seen his suspended prison sentence overturned by top judges.

Stephen Holgate, 45, who played for Wigan and England, was handed a 24-month suspended jail term after pleading guilty to breaching a restraining order in September last year.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how most of the breaches by the former player, who also represented Halifax, Hull and Workington, related to his ex-spouse Julie Holgate, although another woman was also targeted.

At London's Appeal Court this week, Mrs Justice Andrews said Holgate had a recent 'history of mental health issues.' .

Holgate, of Queen's Crescent, Frizington, Cumbria, took to drink and drugs after losing his job and was later diagnosed with a bipolar disorder. He had been barred by court order in October 2014 from approaching his ex-wife and the other woman.

That followed 'insulting, threatening and foul-mouthed' posts on Facebook.

On December 15, 2015, he arrived drunk on his former wife's doorstep, and then phoned her unexpectedly on Christmas Day. …

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