A stern telling off was received by a 24-year-old man who admitted breaching a community order.
Magistrate chairman Jeanette Foster reprimanded Adam Manning Coe for his “attitude and tardiness” during a hearing at Grantham Magistrates’ Court on Monday, January 18).
Manning Coe, of Meadowgate, Bourne, was made subject of an 18-month community order in March last year, after pleading guilty to two counts of common assault. The order included supervision and a curfew. He was also ordered to attend a ‘Resolve’ programme run by the probation service.
He was in court on Monday to answer to a second breach of the order, made when he used “unacceptable behaviour” at the Grantham probation office on December 22.
The court heard how Manning Coe made a “rude comment” about a volunteer driver who arrived a few minutes late to pick him up and take him to a supervision appointment.
Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said the comment was made to the supervising officer, not the driver.
After deliberating his punishment for some time, magistrate Mrs Foster told Manning Coe: “The probation service has bent over backwards to accommodate you and you’ve abused that position by your attitude and tardiness.
“We’ve taken a close look at your throwaway comment about sending you to prison and we very nearly did.”
However, magistrates opted to add 10 days to the current community order. He was also ordered to pay £75 costs.
An application was made to remove the ‘Resolve’ programme, which was granted.