Greenodd community service-dodger fails in jail appeal
Last updated at 16:02, Sunday, 18 August 2013
A GREENODD man who claimed a lack of buses prevented him from carrying out his community service has failed in his appeal against a 16-week jail term.
A judge branded Richard Sheppard an “author of his own misfortune”.
Preston Crown Court heard how magistrates in Barrow had activated a suspended sentence after Sheppard had failed to do any of the 140 hours of unpaid work he was ordered to do for assault.
The 30-year-old was appealing to the crown court against that decision but failed.Prosecuting barrister, Mr Richard Archer said Sheppard had shown a “sporadic” attendance for supervision by the probation service.
His lawyer, Mr Gareth James, said there had been a problem geography-wise in Sheppard’s attempt to comply with the order.
He was living in Main Street, Greenodd, near Ulverston and there were no buses which got him into Barrow in time for 9am, to begin his unpaid work.
Mr James explained: “There is a bus at 5.45am, which would arrived at 6.30am in Barrow and then he would have to hang around for two hours.
“At the beginning of the order he addressed that with the probation officers, that he was unable to keep early morning appointments.
“It had been proposed to transfer the work requirement to Kendal, which probably would have been better.
“Added to that, his supervising officer has been off work ill.”
Sheppard has now served five weeks, the equivalent of a 10-week term.
His lawyer suggested it had been unjust to activate the suspended 16 weeks.
But the judge, Recorder Bob Crawford, sitting with two magistrates, decided that the appellant had ignored court orders.
He told him: “We consider you completely disregarded the order, and had no intention of completing it.
“We don’t think you intended to carry out the unpaid work.
“You richly deserve a 16 week sentence. You have only three weeks to serve.
“We think you are entirely the author of your own misfortune.”
First published at 15:45, Sunday, 18 August 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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How long does it take to walk from Greenodd to Ulverston to pick up a bus or is this expecting too much of a 30 year old criminal?