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Five months in jail for man who breached community service day after sentence

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A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for five months after breaching a community service order by reoffending hours after his last court appearance.

Dane Walsh, of Lorraine Guest House in Havre des Pas, was sentenced to 120 hours of community service for grave and criminal assault in January this year.

He breached the terms of that sentence and, on 31 May, was brought back to the Magistrate’s Court for a non-compliance hearing, at which his community service order was continued.

However, Assistant Magistrate Peter Harris heard this week that Walsh again offended in the early hours of 1 June when he was arrested outside Havana nightclub after arguing with the doormen and throwing a metal barrier at them.

He appeared before Mr Harris for breaching his sentence and failing to show up for his community service on a number of occasions, as well as for the nightclub offence.

Represented by Advocate Francesca Pinel, Walsh admitted the breaches.

Mr Harris said that had Walsh’s breaches been limited to non-compliance, he would have allowed the community service order to continue but in light of the re-offending he could not.

‘You were advised of a last chance and you went out the same day,’ he said, adding he saw no option but to revoke the community service order.

Walsh was given credit for performing 80 of the 170 hours of community service he was sentenced to, and was taken into custody from the court to begin his five-month sentence at La Moye.

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