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Probation order was breached

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

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A man breached his suspended prison sentence by failing to keep in touch with probation officers for three months, a court heard.

Paul Gates, aged 23, admitted failing to comply with the terms of his order when he was brought to Plymouth Crown Court in custody.

He was convicted at Bolton Crown Court in February of two counts of breaching a restraining order and sentenced to a 12-month sentence suspended for two years.

Gates was told to live with his mother in Cleave Gardens, Ham, and keep appointments with probation officers.

But Ramsay Quaife, for the probation service, said they had not seen “hide nor hair” of him for three months since September.

Ali Rafati, for Gates, said he had not offended since September last year.

He added he had attended his initial meetings with probation but then misplaced an appointment slip.

Mr Rafati said: “He will do anything in his power to attend any appointment.”

Recorder Michael Hubbard adjourned sentence for three months to see if Gates can comply with the order. He must complete the service’s Building Better Relationships progamme. Gates must return to court for sentence on March 8 next year.

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