'Last chance' for Wiltshire man with cannabis under car bonnet to avoid jail (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Dad living in Great Somerford caravan had appalling attitude to community order, crown court hears
Updated 5:57pm Tuesday 14th January 2014 in News
A man who was spared jail after being caught with cannabis hidden under the bonnet of his car has been given a 'last chance' by a judge.
Kris Cleverley, 25, was put on a community order, and told to do 200 hours of unpaid work, a year ago having admitted possessing drugs with intent to supply.
But in the year since he has done little of the work, breached the order three times, and been dealt with for another matter, leading to the probation service asking for him to be re-sentenced.
Now, after Cleverley turned up late at Swindon Crown Court on Tuesday a judge said he would give him a last chance to show he was motivated to stay out of prison.
Cleverley was stopped by police on the A420 near Chippenham in 2012. When officers searched the car they found 80g of the drug hidden under the engine mounting.
When Cleverley was questioned he insisted he had been out to buy it to share with two other friends, one of whom was in the vehicle with him.
He was put on the 18-month community order to carry out unpaid work but repeatedly failed to turn up for appointments.
And in the summer he had 40 hours added to it after being convicted of failing to tell insurers how many penalty points he had on his driving licence when getting cover.
Matthew Scott, defending, said Cleverley, formerly of Greenway Road, Chippenham, had experienced problems with accommodation during the past year.
He said the father of a four-year-old was now living in a caravan at a farm near Great Somerford and had use of his mother's car to help him get to probation appointments.
Judge Tim Mousley QC adjourned the case to Wednesday, February 5, so a new pre-sentence report could be compiled.
He said: "I am going to give you a last chance, but you really are now in the last chance saloon as far as this order is concerned.
"Your commitment to this order has been appalling, quite frankly. The alternative will be that I sent you to prison.
"That is the position you are in, you shouldn't be in any doubt about that."