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Stourbridge teenager locked up after breaching community order
11:06am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
A STOURBRIDGE teenager who raided the home of his cousin and stole a laptop and jewellery has been locked up for a year - after he squandered the chance of keeping his freedom.
Jason Jackson had been given a 16-month custodial sentence suspended for two years for the burglary and told to carry out 180 hours unpaid work in the community.
The 19-year-old was then ordered to do a further 20 hours work when he breached the sentence for the first time by dodging an appointment to carry out his community punishment.
But despite being warned he could face serious consequences if there was a further breach, Jackson then left an unpaid work appointment claiming he felt unwell.
He then arranged another to make up for the missed time but he failed to turn up altogether after reporting to his supervising officer that he overslept.
Glyn Samuels, prosecuting for the probation service, said: "He then excused his attendance on two further occasions by providing a letter from the job centre.
"He later admitted he had forged or added to that letter and provided false information to the probation service about the fact he had an appointment there.
"He also missed appointments saying he had to be at work and later admitted he was at home waiting for furniture to be delivered."
Jackson, of Vicarage Road, admitted breaching his sentence and was told by Judge Philip Parker QC his performance had been "woeful."
He told the teenager at Wolverhampton Crown Court: "It is clear you have been a nightmare to supervise."
Simon Rippon, defending, said Jackson, who still had 78 hours unpaid work to complete from his previous sentence, had resigned himself to another court appearance after commiting the first breach - and the likelihood of custody.
Instead of turning up for his appointments, Mr Rippon said, he had been to see his grandmother who had been unwell. He added: "He has not reoffended during the currency of the other order and he acknowledges he has had plently of chances.”