Sailor went to sea rather than going to court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A seaman who failed to attend court was described as being between the devil and the deep blue sea.

Jody Randles felt he had to keep his job to support his partner and their four children so he chose to go to sea instead of attending court.

Randles, a 30-year-old merchant seaman, of Macbeth Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order and two offences of failing to answer bail.

He was refused bail and remanded in custody for pre-sentence reports to be prepared on him by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said after admitting breaching a restraining order Randles had been bailed for reports, but on August 12 and November 4 he failed to come to court.

Mrs Smith added: “He has shown a blatant disregard for the court. The court has been extremely lenient with him because of his work, but it is now the Crown’s view he should be remanded in custody.”

Neal Brookes, for the probation service, said that altogether, one-and-a-half days of a probation officer’s time had been set aside for appointments with the defendant to write a report on him, but Randles did not turn up for his appointments.

Steven Townley, defending, said: “He was between the devil and the deep blue sea. The devil being upsetting the court and the deep blue sea being his job in the fishing industry.

“He wanted to provide for his partner and their four children.”