Offender must pay £100 after failing to attend probation meetings

An offender has been ordered to pay £100 after he failed to attend probation appointments after his release from custody.

Monday, 9th October 2017, 11:09 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:21 pm
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday, October 3, how James Nash, 32, of Tapton View Road, Chesterfield, had been released from prison after serving a custodial sentence for an assault and he was placed under post sentence supervision.

However, defence solicitor Kirsty Sargent conceded that he missed a probation appointment on August 1, and missed a further appointment on August 17 because he had chosen to go to work, and he missed a further appointment in September when he got two dates confused.

The probation service stated Nash has been making mixed progress with the probation service after making a generally positive start and there have been no missed appointments since September 22.

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However, it was stressed that Nash has reached a stage where he needs to engage fully with the probation service but it would be acceptable to mark his breach with a financial penalty.

Nash admitted failing to comply with the requirements of his post custodial supervision.

Magistrates fined the defendant £40 and ordered him to pay £60 costs.