THE parents of a Powys man say they feel like they are “prisoners in our own home” as their son was convicted of breaching an order preventing him from pestering them.

Jonathan Boshell, 38, had denied a number of breaches of a non-molestation order made by Wrexham County Court last May, but was convicted of one breach at his trial held in Welshpool on May 30 this year.

The breach involved Boshell, of Bryn Dial Farm, Welshpool, obstructing the driveway of his parents’ home in Guilsfield with his car on July 28, 2021.

Prosecutor Helen Tench told Boshell’s sentencing hearing at Welshpool Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, June 21, that the relationship between the defendant and his parents was estranged.

“The defendant lives there on the property," she said. "A family court non-molestation order was made last April. It was varied and a final order was made in May. He was warned about breaching it.”

Ms Tench said the offence for which Boshell was convicted occurred just before 9pm on July 28 last year.

“They heard a car in the driveway,” she said. “The defendant had parked his Vauxhall Corsa van across the drive, completely blocking it. He abandoned it and walked back to his caravan, making rude gestures to them as he did so.”

In a victim impact statement made by his parents, read out on their behalf by Ms Tench, they said: “We feel like prisoners in our own home. Jonathan shows contempt for our rights of ownership and sees himself as the victim."

Acting for Boshell, Rob Hanratty described the case as a “very sorry tale”.

“The trial was a torturous day of allegations, the huge majority of which were found to be false,” he said.

“This order runs until next June. The victim impact statement would not have been the view of the court after trial as he was only convicted of this one offence.”

Magistrates ordered Boshell to pay a contribution towards costs of £400 in relation to the trial; they also fined him £120 and ordered him to pay a £34 surcharge.

They said no restraining order would be made as the current non-molestation order remains in situ for another year and there are sufficient conditions for Boshell to adhere to.

They said a community order the defendant is also subject to will remain in place.

Chair of the bench Nerys Jones said: “We are awarding no compensation, it is not necessary and would only exacerbate the situation.”