Man breached curfew to settle debts at home

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man left his home to settle debts and failed to keep to a court-ordered curfew, magistrates were told.

Ian Rimmer failed to even have his tag and equipment to monitor him installed at his address by G4S, the organisation which monitors curfews.

Rimmer, 46, of Warley Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to breaching a suspended prison sentence with a curfew attached.

He was sentenced to six weeks in prison by Blackpool magistrates. Cheryl Crawford, prosecuting, said Rimmer had previously been sentenced to an eight-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months with an eight-week curfew, for an offence of theft of £25 worth of alcohol and breaching a conditional discharge for damage,

Rimmer should have been available to have his tag fitted and equipment to monitor the curfew installed at his home on July 11 or 12, but he was not there, she told the court.

Suzanne Mugford, defending, said her client had previously lived in Salford.

He had taken out loans there and people were pressurising him to pay.

His benefits were then stopped and the loan sharks piled on more pressure, so he left the resort and stayed in Salford tin an attempt to sort matters out once and for all.

While in Salford Rimmer said he abided by his curfew hours.

However, he did not tell G4S what was going on.