Sutton man jailed for breach

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A Sutton man has been jailed for 12 weeks after admitting breaching a community order.

Mansfield magistrates were told how Jamie Betts (34), of Jubilee Road, failed to attend two probation appointments.

Neil Hollett, prosecuting, told the court how the suspended sentence order was imposed when Betts was caught handling stolen goods.

A probation officer told the court there were concerns when Betts was given the order he would not comply due to previous breaches.

She added; “Mr Betts said he wanted to be a positive role model before but does not seem to have followed that through.

“We would ask you to activate the sentence today as we feel there is nothing left to offer.”

Mark Stocks, defending, said: “If you decide to impose the custodial term I would ask you to give Mr Betts some credit for the part of the order that has been complied with.”

Mr Stocks said Betts had completed all of the employment training and education sessions and some supervision sessions had been attended.

He added: “Since the court imposed the order he has started using amphetamine on a fairly significant basis intravenously on a daily basis.

“Without some sort of intervention it is likely to lead to the commission of more offences in the short-term.”

Mr Stocks asked the magistrate not to activate Betts’ jail term and impose a drug rehabilitation requirement instead.

But a magistrate said: “We feel there is no alternative but an immediate custodial sentence.

“That is taking into account all the work you managed to complete. This has been a wilful and persistent failure to comply with your order.”