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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Carlisle judge gives man, 18, only chance he’ll get

A teenager who failed to obey a court order has been spared a prison sentence – after a judge took pity on him because his granny had died.

Jamie Davison, 18, was put under the order at Carlisle Crown Court in September for his part in a violent incident on one of the city’s housing estates.

He and three older men – Mark Lowther, 26, Wayne Blair, 23, and Stephen Currie, 23 – were all charged after violence flared on the Harraby estate, apparently as a result of an allegation that someone had interfered with a woman’s mobility scooter.

Blair, of Ennerdale Avenue, Botcherby, and Currie, of Borland Avenue, Botcherby, were given suspended prison sentences and Lowther, of Ennerdale Avenue, Botcherby, was ordered to do unpaid community work.

Davison, who lives in Gretna, was given 12 months’ youth rehabilitation, ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work and put under a five-month curfew.

But, the court heard yesterday, he had failed to obey the conditions imposed with the sentence. He had done only seven-and-a-half hours work and had twice failed to keep appointments with his probation officers, prosecuting counsel Kim Whittlestone said.

“There have been a number of difficulties, all resulting in a somewhat chaotic picture,” she said.

The court heard the Probation Service were still “keen to engage” with Davison, and put his behaviour down to the personal problems – including the recent death on his grandmother he had been through.

Judge Paul Batty QC, who had the power to impose a different sentence and even send him to jail, instead ordered Davison to have three extra sessions with his probation officer under a “specified activity programme” and pay the £100 costs of the hearing.

He told him: “This is the one and only chance you are going to get. Had it not been for the sad demise of your grandmother I would not be giving you the benefit of the doubt.”

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