South Shields dad with PTSD urged to turn his life around by magistrates

A South Tyneside dad suffering post-traumatic stress disorder who breached a court order has been urged by magistrates to turn his life around.

Sunday, 21st June 2020, 1:48 pm
Updated Sunday, 21st June 2020, 1:51 pm

Daniel Grant, 25, of Shelley Avenue, Marsden, appeared before them for failing to comply with the terms of an 18-month community order.

It was imposed at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in February 2019, after he admitted charges of assault and criminal damage.

He admitted the breach when he was brought back before the same court on June 1 and his case was adjourned for a Probation Service report to be compiled into his behaviour.

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The case was heard at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

Appearing for sentencing, magistrates revoked the original order and imposed a new one afresh.

Roseanne Forster, chair of the bench, told him: “This will only work if you adhere to this. This will only work if you go to every session.

“Allow yourself to be supported. You are being given a very proper chance here to turn your life around. Don’t allow it to slip through your fingers.”

Grant must undergo 25 days of rehabilitation work with the Probation Service and 30 sessions of the Building Better Relationship programme.

David Forrester, defending, said bearded Grant suffered emotional issues and post-traumatic stress disorder.

He added: “What happened was that last year he appears to have fallen off the grid in terms of Probation.

“He has three children and needs to get himself right. He’s prepared to work with the Probation Service for as long as it takes.”

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