In The Dock: Weymouth

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LAURA JANE FRANCIS, aged 35, of no fixed abode. Admitted stealing food items to the value of £5.27, together with another person, from Aldi in Weymouth. Received a six month conditional discharge. No order made for costs.

CRAIG LEE STARKEY, aged 31, of Rodden Close, Weymouth. Failed to comply with a community order made on September 30 by failing to report for drug rehabilitation requirement and supervision requirement. No adjudication, dealt with for original offences. Community order revoked. Original offences of two counts of theft from a shop and three counts of criminal damage to property. Committed to prison for four weeks concurrent on each count. Original offence of theft from a shop. Committed to prison for four weeks to run consecutively. Original offence of failing to surrender to custody. Committed to prison for one week concurrent. Original offence of non-dwelling burglary. Committed to prison for eight weeks to run consecutively. Overall length of sentence 16 weeks.

DORIAN AIDAN CHRISTOPHER DANDO, aged 51, of Fern Square, Chickerell. Found guilty of breaching a non-molestation order. Community order made. The defendant must comply with the following requirements: Supervision requirement: Attend appointments with the responsible officer for 12 months. Unpaid work requirement: Carry out unpaid work for 80 hours within the next 12 months. Ordered to pay costs of £200.

TONY ASHLEY KITCHENER, aged 22 of Walpole Street. Admitted being drunk and disorderly in a public place. Fined £35. Also admitted criminal damage to property under £5,000. Fined £75, ordered to pay compensation of £150 and costs of £40.

MICHELLE BRYCE, aged 27, of Lodge Way. Admitted using a colour television receiver without a licence. Fined £60.

JOHN BYATT, aged 26, of Briar Close. Found guilty in absence of using a colour television receiver without a licence. Fined £400 and ordered to pay costs of £90.

PAUL GARRATT, aged 29, of Norfolk Road. Found guilty in absence of using a colour television receiver without a licence. Fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £90.

MARK JOHNSON, aged 43, of Pottery Lane. Found guilty in absence of using a colour television receiver without a licence. Fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £90.

MARIE LOUISE NOBLE, aged 32, of Granville Road. Found guilty in absence of using a colour television receiver without a licence. Fined £400 and ordered to pay costs of £90.

RICHARD SMITH, aged 34, of Southview Road. Found guilty in absence of using a colour television receiver without a licence. Fined £400 and ordered to pay costs of £90.

LUCY TAYLOR, aged 38, of Nightingale Drive. Found guilty in absence of using a colour television receiver without a licence. Fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £90.

MICHAEL WALLBRIDGE, aged 32, of Rodden Close. Found guilty in absence of using a colour television receiver without a licence. Fined £400 and ordered to pay costs of £90.

TREVOR BUSH, aged 40, of King Street. Admitted breach of a community order. New and varied requirements: Curfew Requirement: Be under a curfew for four weeks and to be electronically monitored during the same time period.

SUZY LUCAS, aged 39, of Rodwell Road. Admitted breach of a community order. Community order revoked. Original offence assault by beating. Committed to prison for eight weeks suspended for 12 months.

LOUISE EDNA LAZAREVICH, aged 27, of Ranelagh Road. Admitted theft from a shop, namely stealing three bottles of perfume, to the value of £94.49, belonging to Boots the chemist, Weymouth. Discharged conditionally for six months. Ordered to pay costs of £85.

CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL BEAUMONT, aged 42, of Beaumont Avenue. Admitted two counts of assault by beating. Community order made. The defendant must comply with the following requirements: Supervision Requirement for 12 months. Restraining order made. Ordered to pay compensation of £100 and costs of £85.

ALAN SAMUEL, aged 43, of Barrow Rise. Admitted assault by beating. Discharged conditionally for 18 months. Ordered to pay compensation of £80 and costs of £85.

DANIEL MARK EDNEY, aged 19, of Ranelagh Road. Admitted common assault. Committed to prison for 28 days forthwith. Restraining order made. Also admitted using violence to secure entry to premises. Committed to prison for 28 days forthwith concurrent. Also admitted harassment without violence. Committed to prison for 28 days forthwith concurrent. Overall length of sentence 28 days.

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7:59am Thu 30 Jan 14

Micke12 says...

I look at some of these sentences and find there is no surprise that people are happy yo commit crime.

Maximum sentence imposed for a variety of offences was 16 weeks.

Lets have a breakdown of that sentence.

Total sentence time = 16 Weeks

Latest Release Date = 16 Weeks LDR
if fails to behave in custody

Automatic Date of release = 8 Weeks ADR
if behaves but no Home
Detention Curfew

Release Date for Home-
Detention Curfew if = 4 Weeks HDC
granted

If breaches conditions of HDC, may be returned to custody to complete the time left up to his or her LDR. Whilst on HDC or released on ADR is subject to supervision by the National Probation Service till their LDR date.

On release date, whether ARD or HDC, will receive equivalent of two weeks unemployment benefit if nowhere to live, and a great number of these people state they have nowhere to live even though they have accommodation anyway, as no one bothers to check the validity of the prisoners claim of being released No Fixed Abode, thus costing the tax payer many millions, if not billions, in fraudulent benefit payments - Who says crime does not pay.

30 years ago, they would not have had these options and courts were much more severe in their sentencing.

Justice has become a thing to be happy to face for most criminals. Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Tea. Personal security staff, many of whom are subject to verbal and physical abuse. When I was in custody many years ago, I saw one prison officer have a metal meal tray slashed across his throat, which nearly resulted in his death, but was fortunately saved by myself and another prisoner - what did the offender get- - nothing. Case was found not guilty, even with testimony from myself and the other prisoner.

Prison staff fear for their lives daily and the only reason most of them do the job is so that they can try to make a difference to the lives of the men, women and youths that come through the prison gates from the courts. There are, of course, those officers who use the job as a form of personal power over the prisoner, but most of these men and women truly do the job to try and make a difference fort he prisoner and the society at large outside the prison.

Having spent many years in and out of custody, I have seen the way the prison service has been forced to go by changes in regime ordered by various governments over the years, and year on year, the regimes get softer and softer. The idea of going to prison is to take away the general comforts you enjoy on the outside, such as watching television, being able to go out when you want and generally losing your freedom of choice to make your own decisions. Nowadays, you can get leave every 6 to 8 weeks to go home for the weekend with your family.

Justice and the prison system need to get back to the days when prison was seen as a punishment. I am not saying to go back to the days of bread and water and a Bible, but make it so that people really don't want to go to prison, and therefore think more before they commit a criminal act.

Any views or constructive arguments will be greatly received and I look forward to taking this discussion further.
I look at some of these sentences and find there is no surprise that people are happy yo commit crime. Maximum sentence imposed for a variety of offences was 16 weeks. Lets have a breakdown of that sentence. Total sentence time = 16 Weeks Latest Release Date = 16 Weeks LDR if fails to behave in custody Automatic Date of release = 8 Weeks ADR if behaves but no Home Detention Curfew Release Date for Home- Detention Curfew if = 4 Weeks HDC granted If breaches conditions of HDC, may be returned to custody to complete the time left up to his or her LDR. Whilst on HDC or released on ADR is subject to supervision by the National Probation Service till their LDR date. On release date, whether ARD or HDC, will receive equivalent of two weeks unemployment benefit if nowhere to live, and a great number of these people state they have nowhere to live even though they have accommodation anyway, as no one bothers to check the validity of the prisoners claim of being released No Fixed Abode, thus costing the tax payer many millions, if not billions, in fraudulent benefit payments - Who says crime does not pay. 30 years ago, they would not have had these options and courts were much more severe in their sentencing. Justice has become a thing to be happy to face for most criminals. Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Tea. Personal security staff, many of whom are subject to verbal and physical abuse. When I was in custody many years ago, I saw one prison officer have a metal meal tray slashed across his throat, which nearly resulted in his death, but was fortunately saved by myself and another prisoner - what did the offender get- - nothing. Case was found not guilty, even with testimony from myself and the other prisoner. Prison staff fear for their lives daily and the only reason most of them do the job is so that they can try to make a difference to the lives of the men, women and youths that come through the prison gates from the courts. There are, of course, those officers who use the job as a form of personal power over the prisoner, but most of these men and women truly do the job to try and make a difference fort he prisoner and the society at large outside the prison. Having spent many years in and out of custody, I have seen the way the prison service has been forced to go by changes in regime ordered by various governments over the years, and year on year, the regimes get softer and softer. The idea of going to prison is to take away the general comforts you enjoy on the outside, such as watching television, being able to go out when you want and generally losing your freedom of choice to make your own decisions. Nowadays, you can get leave every 6 to 8 weeks to go home for the weekend with your family. Justice and the prison system need to get back to the days when prison was seen as a punishment. I am not saying to go back to the days of bread and water and a Bible, but make it so that people really don't want to go to prison, and therefore think more before they commit a criminal act. Any views or constructive arguments will be greatly received and I look forward to taking this discussion further. Micke12

10:47am Thu 30 Jan 14

afcbJPR says...

Interesting read. Never been in prison persoanlly, but agree with the above. Can't see any do gooding lefties like Labour or the Tories doing anything constructive to address the situation tho, sadly.
Interesting read. Never been in prison persoanlly, but agree with the above. Can't see any do gooding lefties like Labour or the Tories doing anything constructive to address the situation tho, sadly. afcbJPR

10:49am Thu 30 Jan 14

afcbJPR says...

Why the massive difference in fines for not having a TV license? £200 up to £400. I know someone who got fined less than £100.
Why the massive difference in fines for not having a TV license? £200 up to £400. I know someone who got fined less than £100. afcbJPR

4:30pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Bob Goulding says...

One again Micke I have to agree with you 100% (sadly that doesn't leave much of an opportunity for debate, however). There was a time when the thought of ending up with a criminal record was a deterrent in itself. No longer it would seem.
One again Micke I have to agree with you 100% (sadly that doesn't leave much of an opportunity for debate, however). There was a time when the thought of ending up with a criminal record was a deterrent in itself. No longer it would seem. Bob Goulding

6:52pm Thu 30 Jan 14

westbaywonder says...

Remember that wonderful phrase they came out with some time ago.....
"Care in the community"
First thing you do is not "Crap in the community"
Remember that wonderful phrase they came out with some time ago..... "Care in the community" First thing you do is not "Crap in the community" westbaywonder

1:33am Fri 31 Jan 14

Under35andout says...

Lol.all them tv licencing lol I never had a tv licence since I been on my own , I have a pc monitor I use YouTube and BBC iPlayer nothing on tv to legit £170 no matter if its for a week or a year rather buy faster internet than a tv licence , I have many times gavethe tv licence people letters stating i never will be watching there tv programs they think are worth £170 a year , I also retracted there rights for both contact and visits due to it being harrasment No I don't want to buy your stupid product so leave me alone, they don't bother me anymore , YouTube , utorrent , BBC iPlayer ,itv player anyplayer is better than getting charged £170 out of your pocket
Lol.all them tv licencing lol I never had a tv licence since I been on my own , I have a pc monitor I use YouTube and BBC iPlayer nothing on tv to legit £170 no matter if its for a week or a year rather buy faster internet than a tv licence , I have many times gavethe tv licence people letters stating i never will be watching there tv programs they think are worth £170 a year , I also retracted there rights for both contact and visits due to it being harrasment No I don't want to buy your stupid product so leave me alone, they don't bother me anymore , YouTube , utorrent , BBC iPlayer ,itv player anyplayer is better than getting charged £170 out of your pocket Under35andout

1:37pm Fri 31 Jan 14

custos says...

You need a TV licence to watch or record any 'live' TV broadcast, no matter what device you use.
You need a TV licence to watch or record any 'live' TV broadcast, no matter what device you use. custos

9:02pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Mrjon1 says...

Under35andout wrote:
Lol.all them tv licencing lol I never had a tv licence since I been on my own , I have a pc monitor I use YouTube and BBC iPlayer nothing on tv to legit £170 no matter if its for a week or a year rather buy faster internet than a tv licence , I have many times gavethe tv licence people letters stating i never will be watching there tv programs they think are worth £170 a year , I also retracted there rights for both contact and visits due to it being harrasment No I don't want to buy your stupid product so leave me alone, they don't bother me anymore , YouTube , utorrent , BBC iPlayer ,itv player anyplayer is better than getting charged £170 out of your pocket
Still need a licence for BBC iplayer..
[quote][p][bold]Under35andout[/bold] wrote: Lol.all them tv licencing lol I never had a tv licence since I been on my own , I have a pc monitor I use YouTube and BBC iPlayer nothing on tv to legit £170 no matter if its for a week or a year rather buy faster internet than a tv licence , I have many times gavethe tv licence people letters stating i never will be watching there tv programs they think are worth £170 a year , I also retracted there rights for both contact and visits due to it being harrasment No I don't want to buy your stupid product so leave me alone, they don't bother me anymore , YouTube , utorrent , BBC iPlayer ,itv player anyplayer is better than getting charged £170 out of your pocket[/p][/quote]Still need a licence for BBC iplayer.. Mrjon1

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