‘Jail me’ – banned danger driver begs for prison after getting caught 32 times

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A SERIAL offender begged a court to jail him after he was caught driving while banned for the thirty-second time.

Dylan Barnes had his wish granted with a 14-week spell behind bars after he vowed not to comply with any community sentence.

Barnes, 33, also admitted four thefts to the value of more than £800 when he appeared before Sunderland magistrates.

Ironically, Barnes was stopped by police officers while driving on the Barnes roundabout at 11.15pm on January 7.

Prosecutor Rebecca Laverick said the defendant, of Ravensworth Street, Silksworth, immediately admitted being subject to a driving ban.

“He said he had been at his home address and he has taken the keys and driven the car but he could not give any reason as why,” Ms Laverick said.

The court heard Barnes was disqualified for 12 months in March last year for dangerous driving and failing to provide a sample of breath.

“Mr Barnes has an extensive history of previous offences on his record,” Ms Laverick added.

Barnes was also before the court for stealing 24 bottles of whisky, worth £360, from Sainsbury’s on December 20.

“He made full admissions and told police he had stolen the whisky in relation to drugs debt he had outstanding,” Ms Laverick said.

Barnes also asked for three other thefts to be taken into consideration; a theft of a £7.99 baseball cap from Sports Direct in Pallion on August 24 last year, petrol worth £30 from Sainsbury’s on December 29, and unspecified items worth £60 from Iceland in Pennywell on January 3.

Warren Ridley, defending, said: “I am instructed to ask the court to deal with Mr Barnes today by way of custodial disposal.

“Mr Barnes would like to point out it is his thirty-second drive whilst disqualified and he does not ask me to try and mitigate the offence. He doesn’t feel able to co-operate with the Probation Service.

“Whilst there is some time since his last drive whilst disqualified, he does have a horrendous record. He feels his life is going to spiral out of control and the only way to deal with that is to go into custody. He asks for custody today.”

Barnes was also disqualified from driving for a further 13 months and was told to pay £817 in compensation in relation to the thefts.