A MAN, who was ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work after stealing nearly £1,000-worth of furnishings from his rented home, landed back in court after failing to show up for probation appointments.
Paul Wise was ordered to carry out the work as part of a 12-month community order after he admitted the theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in February.
The court heard yesterday that Wise has yet to complete a single hour of the order and didn’t turn up for probation appointments on June 3 and June 10.
The 38-year-old admitted the breach of the order and was handed a £15 fine and told to pay a victim surcharge of £20 – adding to a bill of £2,118 which he already owes the court.
The court heard that Wise had given the probation service a sick note stating he wasn’t fit to carry out unpaid work to cover a month-long period from March to April, but hadn’t provided another medical certificate to cover his absence after that.
Christopher Brown, defending, said problems had arisen when Wise moved to a new address and didn’t receive notifications from the probation service.
Mr Brown said: “There are a few issues. There are complex mental health issues.
“He needs to produce a medical certificate so that the order can be amended.”
Wise was given the community order after he emptied his supported accomodation property in Priestley Court, South Shields – provided by housing charity Norcare – of a host of goods, including a washing machine, fridge freezer and a cooker, valued at £980.
He had already been in rent arrears and the theft was discovered when a housing support officer went to the address on October 15 along with a police officer because of concerns over his whereabouts.
He was eventually arrested in November 2013 and admitted taking the goods.
The court heard that the charity would be unable to rent out the property again until all of the items had been replaced.
Wise, of Kingston Road, Gateshead, sold on the items for £200.
Russell Hewitson, chairman of the magistrates, said; “We will allow the order to continue and it is up to you to come back to court with medical evidence in order to vary the order. You will be fined £15 and will pay a victim surcharge of £20. It will be consolidated with the outstanding fines you owe to the court, which is a large amount of money.