A MAN was found to be a passenger in a stolen car – which was set on fire – within 24 hours of being placed on a suspended prison sentence.
In January a robbery charge against Dean Andrew Matthews, of Bersham Road in Wrexham, was dropped.
He admitted possessing a bolt cutter but it was accepted that he took no part in the robbery.
Matthews, 21, received a two-month sentence suspended for 12 months, with 50 hours of unpaid work.
But the day after he was arrested again and admitted being involved in taking a vehicle.
He was a passenger when the vehicle, which had been stolen in a burglary, was chased by police.
Mold Crown Court was told he had no involvement in the burglary or in the act of setting the car alight.
The judge, Mr Recorder Simon Mills, jailed him for five months for taking the vehicle, and activated the two-month suspended sentence, making seven months in all.
Mr Mills said the court had given him a chance.
“But you threw it away. You decided you were not bothered and continued to commit crime.
“You were caught and now you have to pay the consequences,” he explained.