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Man Who Stole Diesel Criticised By Probation Worker

Monday March 25 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

A MAN who 'preferred' to be ordered to stay indoors than do community work has been criticised by a probation officer for trying to choose his punishment.

Damien John Bligh, 23, suggested he may 'struggle' to complete unpaid work and wanted a curfew, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Probation officer Amy Crossland, who had earlier interviewed Bligh before he was due to be sentenced, said: "Mr Bligh told me he might struggle to do unpaid work and would prefer a curfew.

"I said he could not pick and choose his punishment."

He was ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work and undergo six months of supervision because it was felt he had too much time on his hands.

Bligh admitted making off without paying for diesel at three filling stations in Hoyland.

He was ordered to pay £80 in compensation to the filling stations and a £60 victim surcharge.

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Reply Posted by Jayne on Monday March 25 2013 at 13:06
All this time and money spent convicting someone for pinching diesel yet people are getting mugged and beaten for there dogs.

Reply Posted by Dave on Monday March 25 2013 at 13:36
Your point???....... He committed a crime and was punished for it. Quite how that is related to people being "mugged and beaten for 'there' dogs" is a mystery. What is your solution? Police chaperones for dog walkers?

Reply Posted by Lee on Monday March 25 2013 at 14:25
OK Jayne, lets just let them off the hook for stealing shall we? Its comments like that which shows how damaged our society is. Thieves are EXACTLY the type of people the Police and the courts should be going after.

Reply Posted by em on Monday March 25 2013 at 17:06
Lowlife thief..he should get a job and pay for his own fuel like we all have to do!

Reply Posted by stevo on Monday March 25 2013 at 19:33
Community service is not a deterrent, the perpetrators of crimes get meagre hours, is 60 hours for pinching fuel enough?
Should be more like 600!
All they do is cut graveyard grass and toss it off.

Reply Posted by sue on Monday March 25 2013 at 20:35
I know this kid and he's always been trouble

Reply Posted by jj on Friday March 29 2013 at 21:53
i know of him as well always in trouble and dont thnk he will be any different. dont think he had parentle care .

Reply Posted by Rebs on Monday March 25 2013 at 21:22
This makes my blood boil, he sounds like a complete and utter waste of flesh and blood. The bone idle lazy sod! Chop his thieving hands off and get him locked up and throw the key away.

Reply Posted by PJ on Tuesday March 26 2013 at 07:32
I'm with you Rebs. The guy sounds like a lazy toe rag!!

Reply Posted by dawn on Friday March 29 2013 at 18:22
I work in a place that take these offenders to do their hours and trust me they dont get to TOSS it off as you say they are made to

Reply Posted by stevo on Saturday March 30 2013 at 11:10
Cutting the grass in the graveyard is hardly work though is it?
Crims should be made to do proper manual labour.
I would introduce chaingangs and get them digging drainage ditches!
Community service is pathetic and NOT a deterrent!

Reply Posted by dawn on Friday March 29 2013 at 18:23
That should have said made to work

Reply Posted by JC on Friday March 29 2013 at 18:24
Pity we don't have "Stocks" any more. The thieving toe rag could have then been publicly humiliated and punished on top of his sentence. Should have got extra for trying to influence his sentence.

Reply Posted by JC on Friday March 29 2013 at 18:26
Well said Rebs

Reply Posted by RM on Monday April 1 2013 at 20:10
60 hours community service is pathetic and only reason he wanted curfew is probably so he could go out nicking during the day. My suggestion is anyone convicted of a crime should be tagged for life and the tag give an exact location for the person at any one time so they can be traced to other crimes they commit. The technology is available now so why not?