Leek thief jailed for missing community service sessions
By CarlyBaldwin | Friday, October 21, 2011, 16:27
A 22 year-old Leek man has been jailed for failing to comply with a community order.
Ball was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court
Stephan Ball was given the 18-month order last July, for aggravated vehicle taking.
Ball appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in March after he failed to report for a thinking skills programme on January 31 and for unpaid work on January 16.
And he appeared at the same court again yesterday after failing to attend two unpaid work sessions on August 31 and September 21.
Joanne Wallbanks, mitigating on behalf of Ball, said: "The problem has been his unpaid work being transferred from Leek to the Stoke-on-Trent area."
"He suffers from depression and I would ask the court to give him one last chance to deal with his problems, instead of handing him a custodial sentence."
But Judge Paul Glenn sentenced Ball, of Haregate Street, to six months in prison, saying: "This is the second time you have appeared in court for breaching the order.
"You came before me on August 23 with an application to remove the unpaid work on health grounds which I rejected."
"There is a pattern of you offending and then breaching orders."