Do community work or face jail, man is warned

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A MAN has been warned that he faces prison if he does not carry out work ordered by magistrates.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard David Hume had also not carried out any community service from a 150-hour order.

A statement from the Probation Service said the 36-year-old’s attendance at appointments with them had also been poor.

A report from Hume’s GP said he was capable of doing the work.

Defending him, Angus Westgarth said Hume believed letters from the court had been hidden or destroyed by his father, who was in the early stages of dementia.

He admitted Hume, of Marley Crescent, had a “substantial record” and was due to be sentenced for another offence next month.

Chairman Jan Leach said: “We have decided to let your deferred sentence continue until July 28.

“If you do not undertake some of the unpaid work and you have no reason not to do them, then you will be brought before the court and your next sentence will be a prison sentence.

“You must comply with the Probation Service, as they are trying to help you.”