Shieldhill games console thief remanded over court order breaches

A thief has had his liberty taken from him after breaching a number of court orders.

By Herald Reporter
Monday, 19th July 2021, 4:45 pm

Jack Hughes, 23, of 26 Greenmount Drive, Shieldhill, stole a games console and accessories from an address in Simpson Drive, Maddiston on November 28, 2017.

He appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday where his defence solicitor, Simon Hutchison, explained his lack of engagement with unpaid work by saying: “He’s been posted missing in the last month.

“He tells me he’s been offered his first job, working Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm.”

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Jack Hughes was remanded at Falkirk Sheriff Court. Picture: Michael Gillen.

Sheriff Derek Livingston replied: “There’s also both courtesy and the obligation to inform his supervisor.”

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And he added: “This wasn’t his first chance.”The sheriff noted: “On June 1 the report was pretty poor and there was a suggestion your client might have sorted things out in the interim so I gave him another opportunity.”

The court was told Hughes put the court order “on the back burner" after gaining employment in June.

Mr Hutchison asked the court for his client to be given one further opportunity to carry out the unpaid work – and suggested further hours be added for Hughes’ lack of cooperation.

Sheriff Livingston said: “Your client’s got a history of breaching orders.”

Hughes was remanded in custody and his order was revoked. Sheriff Livingston called for a Criminal Justice Social Work report and restriction of liberty order assessment.

Sentence was deferred until August 12.

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