A judge agreed to shorten a thief's night–time curfew after hearing that his dog could last only eight hours without answering the call of nature.Wha..?
The probation service proposed that he should be subjected to a 9pm to 7am curfew at his home in Tuffley, Glos.How cozy...
But Ian Fenny, defending, pointed out that Hutton had a dog and lived alone. "As dog owners he and I have been discussing the difficulties of a curfew order," said Mr Fenny.
The judge admitted that he had owned dogs in the past and asked: "What times does his dog like to go out at night?"OK, I'm struggling here. Does he have no garden wherein to let Fang do his nightly ablutions?
And what did he steal?
At a hearing in Bristol Crown Court on Jan 21, Hutton had admitted stealing cash from his ex–partner and was sentenced to a 51–week jail term suspended for two years with a condition that he carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.And just how does a curfew 'repay the community', which is what community orders are meant to do?
The case was back before the court yesterday because Hutton's ill–health had prevented him from completing more than six hours of the order.
A probation officer, Patrick Tracey, told the Recorder that as an alternative to unpaid work he was recommending a curfew as punishment.
And how about, as an alternative to the unpaid work, he does the 51 weeks of chokey instead?
Mr Fenny told the court that Hutton had been living in Cornwall at the time of the offence. He and his partner had decided to pool their resources to buy a £35,000 boat but Hutton backed out of the deal and left her, taking the money with him. His defence was that he thought he had taken only his half of the cash but had been mistaken./facepalm
Mr Fenny said Hutton was living in Gloucester because he was awaiting two operations on his ears to try to improve severe hearing difficulties. He had been treated by a surgeon in Cornwall, where he was living at the time of the offence, but moved to Gloucestershire because the surgeon was now there.Oh, really? Not because his antics had finally exhausted the patience of the Cornish courts?