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Weekend in custody has major impact on offender

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

A 22-YEAR-OLD Cheltenham man who spent a weekend crying in prison after he was arrested on a warrant has mended his ways, a judge was told.

Alex Sheerin was arrested in October for flouting a court imposed order, which included a requirement to complete unpaid work.

He spent a weekend in custody and was then given a final chance to prove he could knuckle down and comply with his order, which was imposed for an offence of unlawfully wounding a woman.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC heard that Sheerin had complied fully with the supervision and the unpaid work since October and had been working on the clearance of allotments.

"You are doing all right, but if you slip up, you know what will happen," the judge warned him. "I don't want to see you again."

Judge Tabor added a further 10 hours to the unpaid work requirement for the breach and ordered Sheerin to pay £120 towards the prosecution costs.

It was in July that Sheerin, of Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, was placed on a supervision and unpaid work order after he admitted unlawful wounding.

But the court heard subsequently that he had displayed "a remarkably lackadaisical" attitude to the sentence.

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