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Wollescote man jailed after failing to comply with court order
10:00am Friday 18th October 2013 in Local
A WOLLESCOTE man who took part in a plot to steal £2,000 from the safe at a Stourbridge pub has been jailed for seven months after squandering the chance to keep his freedom.
Sean Phipps was with two other men when they came up with the idea of pocketing the money and pretending it had been taken in a robbery at the Queensway pub.
The three all admitted theft when they appeared before Wolverhampton Crown Court in May and Phipps was given an eight-month jail term suspended for two years.
He was further ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work in the community but he failed to comply with that order - Makhan Shoker, prosecuting, said.
Phipps, he added, had done just 37-and-a-half hours of the order and made 23 unacceptable absences in what was his second breach.
The 22-year-old, of Hob Green Road, admitted the breach and was told by Recorder Leo Pyle that when he had first been sentenced for the theft he had "mercifully" been given a chance by the Judge.
But, despite that, he breached the order for the first time in July when once again he was allowed to stay on the streets but hit with a curfew order as punishment.
The Recorder said: “You were again warned what would happen if you breached the order once more. Had you completed the order it would now be over."
Gerard Brady, defending Phipps, said he maintained he was suffering from ill health when he failed to report on two occasions for his Community Punishment.