Company director is sent to prison after telling judge doing unpaid work

Sep 25, 2019 esmwymdp

first_imgA company director has been sent to prison after telling a judge that doing unpaid work as a punishment was beneath him.In rejecting the offer of community service, Owen Ambrose, an IT specialist, added that he found it difficult resisting assaulting fellow convicts who were also on the same scheme.Judge Peter Moss heard that Ambrose said carrying out unpaid work was demeaning and monotonous and it required “all his strength” not to be physically violent towards other offenders. He said that the prosecution did not want a trial on the issue.However, Judge Moss said that the shoplifting offence on August 24 this year at Morrisons in Shepherds Bush, put Ambrose in breach of the suspended sentence in any case. He imposed one month’s prison for the shopping theft and eight months’ jail for the breach.The court heard that the defendant planned to sell chocolates and pain-killing tablets taken from the store to help feed a Class A drug habit costing up to £100 a day.Andrew Turton, defending, said his client had worked in IT.”He is now living rough and goes shoplifting to get money to buy drugs. He presents as an intelligent and engaging young man,” he said. Mr Ambrose said it took all his strength not to be physically violent towards other offendersLee Harris, prosecuting Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The 28-year-old company boss had fallen prey to a drugs habit and had become homeless as a result, the court heard.He appeared before Judge Moss at Guildford Crown Court via video link from prison and was jailed for eight months for shoplifting and for breaching a suspended sentence imposed for car theft in February 2015. “I would rather to prison,” he said via the video link.He admitted the shoplifting offence but denied failing to comply with a direction to do 100 hours unpaid work without reasonable excuse.Ambrose told Judge Moss: “I do have an excuse.”Lee Harris, prosecuting, said that after receiving the suspended prison term, the defendant failed to keep in contact with probation staff after completing only five hours of the unpaid work programme.”He said he found unpaid work demeaning and monotonous,” said Mr Harris. “Mr Ambrose also said it took all his strength not to be physically violent towards other offenders.”last_img

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