Court invokes suspended prison term

Skegness Magistrates Court.
Skegness Magistrates Court.

A 29-year-old Skegness man has been sent to prison after breaching a suspended prison sentence only a few weeks after it was imposed.

Darren Claypole, now of no fixed address, admitted damaging a window on March 29, two thefts of meat from supermarkets in November and December and one of assault in November.

He appeared in custody at Skegness Magistrates’ Court having previously failed to appear in court to answer his bail.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said Claypole took a leg of lamb from Sainsbury’s in Spilsby on November 8 and also stole £58 worth of meat products from the Co-op in Spilsby on December 20.

She said that on November 24 he attacked a fellow resident at Witham Lodge, in Skegness, where he was living at the time, because he couldn’t give him any cannabis or a cigarette.

She said that Claypole was given a suspended prison sentence of four months on January 21 but on March 29 he broke a window in the house of a complete 
stranger in Monks Drive, Lincoln.

When he was arrested, he told police he was 

Mitigating, Gordon Holt said that Claypole was addicted to drugs and initially his drug rehabilitation had gone well but that in recent weeks ‘the wheels had come off’.

“He doesn’t remember anything of the damage, nor of the assault because he was under the influence of various substances,” Mr Holt told the court last Tuesday.

The magistrates activated the four month prison sentence and added a further one month’s custody for the damage carried out after the imposition of the suspended sentence.

The other offences were punished with one month’s custody to be served concurrently.