The defendant has 11 offences on his record, including robbery and had ended up in court after a ‘similar sort of self-harm incident’ in 2012.
French, of Newport Street, Nelson, admitted three counts of possessing a bladed article and had been committed for sentence by magistrates.
He was given a community order with 18 months supervision by a judge who told him: “It's quite clear you do need help and I am going to try to see if you can be helped.”
Recorder Philip Curran added: “You became depressed when you had been drinking. I think it would be a good idea if you stopped drinking.”
Who thought it would be a good idea to have someone like Paul Curran on the bench
? And how much had they
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