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Wrexham man jailed for court order snub

Published date: 27 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MAN who was given the chance of a community order after he admitted a burglary at the Bishop’s House in Wrexham has been jailed.

Delstan Jones admitted breaching the order, which he received in December.

Judge Niclas Parry said Jones had been given a remarkable chance but his response to the community order had been “shocking”.

He had made no effort, had not even attended his induction and had not turned up for 13 appointments.

“Clearly that chance has now gone,” Mr Parry told him as he jailed him for six months.

Justine McVitie, defending, said her client’s life had been chaotic.

When the order was imposed he had hoped to take up the offer of a job in his father’s plumbing business.

But that had not been available to him and he lost his accommodation and failed to comply with the probation service.

He was still anxious to address the issues that he had and she asked the court to consider giving him another opportunity.

Gordon Hennell, prosecuting, said the Bishop was not in residence at the time of the burglary. In fact, he had left a week earlier for renovations to be carried out.

A builder and a housekeeper discovered the burglary at The Bishop’s House in Sontley Road on July 29.

The dining room window had been smashed and there was glass on the floor.

CCTV footage was inspected and several officers recognised  Jones. His footprints were also found at the scene.

Jones, 37, then of Newton Street, Wrexham, but now of no fixed address, admitted burglary with intent to steal.

At the time of his sentencing hearing in December, Henry Hills, defending, said his client’s problems were drugs and he was currently focused on rehabilitating himself.

At that hearing Judge Rhys Rowlands warned him if he breached the community order then he would be sent to prison “as night follows day”.

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