Knifeman jailed for breaching suspended sentence terms

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A MAN who breached the terms of his suspended sentence has been jailed for 18 months.

Colin Penman was given the suspended prison term last year for pulling two knives on a man in Seaham’s Byron Place shopping centre.

Durham Crown Court heard Penman breached the terms of the sentence by not observing a curfew five times.

He was found in possession of a Stanley knife in Laura Street, Seaham, drove a car while disqualified and stole from two shops.

“His previous convictions show 96 offences,” said Dan Cordey, prosecuting. “He can fairly be described as a regular attender at court.”

Penman, 35, of Ilchester Street, Seaham, admitted breaching a suspended sentence order, breaching a conditional discharge, driving while disqualified and two offences of theft.

Jane Waugh, defending, said in mitigation: “Colin Penman is a nuisance, no doubt about that.

“Drugs are the cause of his offending, but since he has been remanded in custody, he tells me he has gone cold turkey.

“When he is released he is determined to remain free of drugs and free of the clutches of the dealers.”

The Recorder, Mr Ian Atherton, sentenced Penman to 18 months in prison.

“You failed miserably with the requirements of the suspended sentence and you’ve committed further offences,” the recorder told him.

“The sentence would have been longer had I been dealing with all matters individually, but I bear in mind the principle of totality.”

The recorder did not add to Penman’s existing driving ban, which runs until April next year.

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