He's got a string of previous convictions as long as your arm. But crime isn’t Nathan Cassidy’s only compulsion.Yes, incredible as it may seem, it was successfully argued that jail would be too traumatic for him:
The serial burglar has an obsession with cleanliness – and that condition has helped keep him out of prison.
The 20-year-old was allowed to walk free from court after he told a judge he would find jail ‘too traumatic’ because of his obsessive compulsive disorder.I wonder if he’s ever knocked down in the street, will he find an NHS hospital similarly ‘too traumatic’? They're none too clean either..
…Judge Gareth Hawkesworth handed Cassidy, of Cambridge, a 12-month sentence in a young offenders’ institution, suspended for two years.
He was also placed under a two-year supervision order and ordered to undergo mental health treatmentHe shouldn’t be the only one:
Judge Hawkesworth said: ‘It’s clear to me from the psychological report you have a raft of psychological problems that need addressing.’I think maybe someone needs to get his honour on the couch too – isn’t this sort of excessive reliance on bleeding-heart claptrap some kind of mental problem?
Mark McDonald, defending Cassidy, told the court his client was not a normal prisoner because of his problems with OCD.
He said: ‘Because of psychological problems, including obsessive compulsive disorder in relation to cleanliness, custody would have a very traumatic effect on him – more so than it would on the average prisoner.’Perhaps he should have taken that into account when choosing a ‘career’?