Serial order breaches lead to more unpaid work

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man repeatedly failed to do court ordered unpaid work for the community, magistrates were told.

John Cowgill, 25, of St Annes Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to not complying with a community order.

He was sentenced to do an extra 80 hours payback work by Blackpool magistrates, bringing the total of unpaid work he has to do to 180 hours.

He was also ordered to pay £50 costs.

Neal Brookes, prosecuting for the Probation Service, said in May this year Cowgill had been sentenced to 12 months supervision and 60 hours unpaid work for offences of assault, damage and breaching a conditional discharge.

In August an extra 20 hours payback work was added after he breached the order by doing none of the work.

Mr Brookes added: “He has not done any unpaid work to date.”

Jo Gregory, defending, said her client had been living at an address on Tyldesley Avenue, but the property was demolished and he found himself homeless as a result.

Ms Gregory added: “He was living a chaotic and 
erratic lifestyle, but has now returned to his mother’s home.

She is a responsible influence on him.

He says he will do the work and is anxious to complete the order.”