No jail as court give ASBO teen last chance after at least 12 breaches
A TEENAGER who has breached an antisocial behaviour order at least a dozen times has avoided going to jail.
Ryan West, aged 19, was caught in an area of Devonport which he is banned from entering, Plymouth magistrates were told.
West, of Rendle Street, Stonehouse, was given a 26-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months. He will also have to stick to a three-month curfew.
Presiding magistrate Liz Lewthwaite told him: "A custodial sentence is appropriate because you show a total disregard for court orders. By my count you have at least 12 previous breaches of your antisocial behaviour order.
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"We are giving you a last chance. It is up to you if you take it. You know what will happen if you don't."
West, who has other convictions including assault and robbery, admitted breaching the order on February 8.
He was given 80 hours of unpaid work only three weeks before for breaching the order on Christmas Eve.
Eoin McCarthy, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said he was given the Asbo for five years in May 2010.
He added that part of the order was that he did not enter Park Avenue in Devonport.
But Mr McCarthy said police had a report he was in the street in the early hours and arrived to catch West there.
Stephen Walker, for West, said he had gone to his mother's house with a friend who had nowhere to sleep.
He added it was cold and he wanted the friend to have a roof over his head.
Mr Walker said he had a 'history of causing problems in the area'.
But he added West was not drunk or under the influence of drugs at the time.
He added: "He has turned a corner and he is maturing."
Probation officer Bernie Ross said he was due to start a plastering course and was receiving support from drink and drug counsellors at Harbour.
Magistrates ordered that West stays indoors from 8pm to 7am every night for three months.