A MAN who has done only eight hours of unpaid work since mid-January has been branded 'pathetic' by a judge.

Argas Hauberts, 21, had not been seen by his supervisor since early March, Charles McDermid, prosecuting for the Probation Service, told Barnsley Magistrates' Court.

He said Hauberts, of Princess Street, Barnsley, was given 180 hours of unpaid work for driving while banned and giving someone else's name to a police officer. Hauberts had been disqualified in June 2012.

Hauberts, who was not represented by a solicitor, said he had spent a month in Latvia following the death of his grandfather.

He said: "I should have told the Probation Service. I did not and I am really sorry. I realise how seriously driving while disqualified is considered by the court."

District Judge John Foster gave Hauberts until September 4 to get most of the unpaid work done and adjourned sentencing.

He said: "It's pathetic you have completed only about eight hours of unpaid work since January.

"I expect the work to be nearly completed when I see you again. I want you to understand the consequences if the circumstances are similar to today."

Hauberts admitted failing to comply with the terms of a community order.