Mildenhall man faces three year prison sentence for breaching seventh court order

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
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A Mildenhall man has been warned he faces a three year prison sentence unless he can find somewhere suitable to live.

Connor Petts, 19, appeared today (Wednesday) at Ipswich Crown Court after he admitted breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order for the seventh time.

Petts, of College Heath Road, Mildenhall, was arrested on September 24 after being found ‘making a nuisance of himself’ in Barnham which he was banned from visiting, said Richard Wood, prosecuting.

Mr Woods said that although none of Petts’ previous offences, which included theft and shoplifting, had been significantly serious, he had repeatedly failed to comply with court orders.

In mitigation, Matthew Sorel-Cameron said the breaches could be a sign of an underlying problem Petts was in denial about.

Mr Sorel-Cameron said: “He dosn’t seen to quite appreciate the situation he is in. He doesn’t appreciate that he needs to seek help.”

Petts had found himself returning to Barnham time and again because he knew people there who he believed might be able to offer him financial help, said Mr Sorel-Cameron.

Mr Recorder Richard Sutton QC told Petts he could not ignore repeated breaches of orders made by the court and warned a sentence of up to three years in a Young Offenders’ Institution was likely unless he could be convinced otherwise.

Mr Recorder Sutton said one way to possibly avoid immediate custody would be for Petts to find suitable and Probation Service approved accommodation at least 15 miles away from Barnham.

“This is a deliberate breach of a court order - the seventh such breach,” said Mr Recorder Sutton.

He added: “I think it would be appropriate for a custodial sentence, not only because of the nature of the breach, but it is just possible that a period of incarceration in a Young Offenders’ Institution might drum some sense into him, making him consider his situation.”

Adjourning sentencing until next month, Mr Recorder Sutton said Petts must convince the court he had found somewhere to live ‘far away’ from Barnham where he would no longer be at risk of breaching the order to allow his release.

Petts will remain in custody until his next court appearance.