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Jail term breach Carlisle man given “another chance” by judge

A CARLISLE man who breached a suspended jail term by possessing cannabis has been spared prison again.

The city’s crown court heard today (FRI) how Daniel James English had an eight-month jail term suspended for two years in late 2016 for supplying the drug to others.

But in April this year, English breached that suspended sentence when was found in possession of a small amount of the class B substance at his Stonegarth home.

The court heard English, a father to two young children, had been self-medicating with the drug after sustaining an injury. However, his use of cannabis had reduced since committing his latest offence, and he was said to be “more reliant on the medication that is provided by prescription”.

Recorder Richard Archer told English – who was said to realise he was at risk of going to prison and had taken three bags into the court dock for the hearing – that he would be given “another chance”. He received a 12-month community order comprising rehabilitation and a two-month night-time curfew after admitting cannabis possession, and was fined £50 for the breach.

“You can take your bags home with you. You can have Christmas with your family,” Recorder Archer said. But he added: “Don’t think you have got off lightly.”

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