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Court: Serial community service breaches earn man final warning

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A 21-YEAR-OLD man who has repeatedly failed to complete terms of community service has been spared prison and sentenced to 12 months’ probation.

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On 27 October 2017, Jobe Ashley Robert Le Jehan (21) was found guilty of cultivating and supplying cannabis and possessing drug paraphernalia. He received a sentence of 180 hours of community service.

However, on 8 February 2018, the Probation Service notified the Solicitor General that after over three months, Le Jehan had only completed ten hours of the order, and had failed to attend work sessions and other appointments without providing any reasonable excuse. His attitude was described as ranging from appropriate to ‘difficult, poor and unhelpful’.

In view of the breach, the court later made a revised 180-hour community service order with a completion date of 27 October 2018. But, on 1 October 2018, the Probation Service yet again informed the Solicitor General that Le Jehan had breached his revised orders and he was bailed to appear before court on 5 December 2018.

While on bail he was found to be in possession of cannabis on 29 August 2018, twice stole alcohol from a shop in November 2018 and was found with a small quantity of cannabis on 24 November 2018. He was remanded in custody ahead of Friday’s appearance before the Royal Court.

Crown Advocate Conrad Yates told the court that he would normally recommend a six-month term of imprisonment but that Le Jehan appeared to have responded well while being held in custody. He added that a year-long probation order may be suitable instead.

Defending, Advocate Giles Emmanuel, said that his client felt ashamed of his behaviour and that, in the lead-up to his offending, he had lost his accommodation, fallen out with his mother and grandfather and had hit ‘rock bottom’.

He noted Advocate Yates’ comments and said that, while in prison his client had engaged with the Alcohol and Drugs Service and was keen to spend more time with his son if he was spared jail.

Deputy Bailiff Tim Le Cocq told the defendant that the court was sentencing him to 12 months’ probation. He warned him that he had now exhausted the discretion of the court and it was very likely that he would be sent to prison if he reoffended.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor
Journalist

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