Man jailed for 36 months after community order was revoked - Hatfield

11/07/2013

Hatfield man Aidan Ellis was given help by a judge to turn his back on crime and go straight. But he threw away the chance given to him by Judge Andrew Bright QC and stole meat from a store and a flat screen TV.

As a result, Ellis appeared back before the same judge at St Albans Crown Court  on Thursday,  11 July 2013, and was jailed for 36 months.

It was in 2012 that Ellis, 30, admitted a series of burglary offences and asked for 130 to be taken into consideration.

Because he appeared motivated to change his ways at the time, he was told he would be considered to see if he was a suitable candidate to go on the Choices and Consequences scheme run in Hertfordshire and designed to help habitual criminals break free from the cycle of offending.

Instead of being locked away in prison for their offending, some can remain in the community to work closely with probation workers, drug workers and others from various agencies to tackle the reasons that lie behind their law breaking.

Ellis, of Walsingham Close in Hatfield, was assessed to be suitable to go on the scheme and was eventually given a 30 month community order allowing him to start on it.

The scheme is no soft option and those on it are regularly tested for drugs, must engage fully with those trying to help them and not commit any further crimes.

For Ellis it proved a tall order. He tested positive for drugs when tested, breached a home curfew and even went shoplifting.

Even so, Judge Bright gave him another chance earlier this year and said he could continue on the scheme. But he was told anymore failures on his part would mean the community order would be revoked and he could expect to go to prison.

In June, Ellis stole four joints of meat from a co-op store in Hatfield and, on 02 July  this year, he took a flat screen TV from the Asda store in the town.

Back before Judge Bright again, he was jailed for a total of 36 months after the community order was revoked

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