Burglar brought to book for skipping court’s sentence

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A BURGLAR who failed to turn up for unpaid work imposed as part of a court order was yesterday given three months in a young offenders’ institution.

Samuel Stimpson was originally given 250 hours of unpaid work for a burglary but Lincoln Crown Court was told that he only completed 27 hours.

At the original hearing he asked for 28 further offences of dishonesty to be taken into consideration.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, prosecuting for the Probation Service, said that Stimpson was brought back to court last year for failing to attend work sessions and a curfew was added to his sentence.

But on two occasions in December he again did not attend and did not give a satisfactory reason within the required time limit.

Stimpson (20), of Broadway, Crowland, admitted breach of a community order.

Judge Sean Morris rejected his plea to be given a further chance.

The judge told Stimpson: “There comes a time where the court just runs out of patience. This is your fault. You have been your own worst enemy.

“You have thrown in the court’s face repeatedly the chances that have been given to you. I am going to give you a short sharp shock. You have only yourself to blame.”

Andrew Cogan, defending, said the original burglary, carried out in the Boston area, was committed back in 2008 and was only linked to Stimpson because of his own confession.

Mr Cogan said that Stimpson had missed a number of work sessions for legitimate reasons and was willing to comply with any order of the court.