Vandal gets tag removed ‘for community good’ – despite breaching curfew four times in a week

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A COURT agreed to remove an offender’s electronic tag after he found work – despite him breaching his curfew four times in the space of a week.

Trevor Sweet was slapped with a four-month electronically monitored curfew in March after being convicted of damaging the frontdoor, bedroom and living room windows of a home in South Tyneside.

It will be to his benefit, and that of the wider community, that he is back working.

Ian Haq, defence solicitor

The 52-year-old landed himself back in the dock yesterday after leaving his home in Trinity Walk, South Shields, four times during the 7pm to 7am operation hours of the curfew, between April 30 and May 6.

He was missing for 7pm on April 30 until 5.29am on May 1 during the first breach and was absent from 9.49pm on May 1 until 2.39am the following day.

He breached the curfew again on May 2 and for a further time on May 6.

Sweet admitted the breaches when he appeared before magistrates.

Ian Haq, defending, said the first three breaches had been due to Sweet visiting his ill mother in hospital.

Mr Haq added: “He is due to start a new job, having previously been on the long -term unemployed.

“It will be to his benefit, and that of the wider community, that he is back working.”

Elaine McCulloch, chairwoman of the magistrates, said; “It is nice to hear that you have got a job.

“We will revoke the curfew and resentence you.”

Sweet’s curfew was removed, with a two-month conditional discharge put in its place.