Youth jailed for breaching court order

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.

A LYTHAM teenager who breached a court order on the day it was made by a judge has been jailed.

The 17-year-old, who can not be named for legal reasons, admitted failing to comply with a youth rehabilitation order.

He had breached court orders on four previous occasions after admitting stealing £20 from a till in a burglary at his father’s business premises, and burglary with intent to steal at his grandfather’s home.

The teenager was sentenced to six months detention and training youth custody in a young offenders institution by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Youth Court.

The judge told the teenager everyone had bent over backwards to avoid him being sent to custody and the terms of the order were not hard, but the defendant had shown wilful and persistent non-compliance with the order.

The court was told that on August 20 this year the teenager was sentenced to a youth rehabilitation order during which he had to keep appointments with youth workers and keep a three-month curfew from 9pm to 7am.

On the day he was sentenced the teenager went missing for almost six hours during his curfew time.

He then breached the curfew on August 26 and 27 and only attended two out of nine appointments with youth workers.

Ashley Fisher, defending, said: “No-one can get any explanation from him as to why he has breached the order.”