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Whitehaven man fined for breaching suspended jail term

Carlisle Crown Court

A WHITEHAVEN man has been fined for breaching a suspended jail term he was given for a cannabis supply crime.

Gavin Moore, 30, was initially punished in February last year. For possessing the class B drug with intent to supply, Moore had a nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years, and was also ordered to carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work and a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

However, Moore, of Gill Close, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court earlier today (THURS). Although he had successfully completed all of the unpaid work hours, he accepted failing to attend appointments in April and May this year.

His barrister, Brendan Burke, said Moore had been “juggling” 72-hour working weeks and family commitments having responsibility for two young children.

After hearing mitigation, Judge Andrew Jefferies QC concluded it would be “unjust” to activate any of the suspended prison term. Instead he fined Moore £250 for breaching the order, and told him to pay costs.

“If probation say they want you to go along on a day, you go,” Judge Jefferies told him. “If you don’t, and they bring you back to court again, you won’t need to worry about work and timings because you will be serving a prison sentence.”

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