Offender warned he could face custody if he fails to pay court fines

An offender who has failed to completely pay off £690 in court fines since September, 2014, claimed he had totally forgotten and it had completely slipped his mind.

Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 9:52 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 9:55 am
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on December 5 how Graham John Roberts, 29, of Manvers Road, Calow, Chesterfield, owed the court money after committing criminal damage and he also had a subsequent conviction for being drunk-and-disorderly from December 2014.

Roberts had been paying £30 a week and £330 had been paid leaving an outstanding £360 and a warrant had to be issued for his arrest.

He told the court: “I totally forgot about it. It completely passed my mind.”

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Roberts added that he had been struggling because he was unemployed but he has since found work.

Magistrates ordered Roberts to pay £100 immediately and subsequently he must pay £30 a week.

Roberts was warned that people who allow fines payments to escalate and fail to pay can face custodial sentences.