Whaddon 'Jack the lad' jailed for flouting court order after breaking girls' jaw
ALEX Sheerin has been jailed for eight months for flouting a court order he was given after breaking a girl's jaw.
In July the 22-year-old from Whaddon was ordered to carry out unpaid work and placed on a supervision order after he broke Jesamine Taylor's jaw.
However Sheerin, of Whaddon Road, has since twice breached the order, leaving the judge "no choice" but to send him to prison again.
On Monday Gloucester Crown Court heard Sheerin had carried out just 29 hours of the 100 unpaid work he was sentenced to in July.
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Prosecuting on behalf of the probation service, Giles Nelson told the court Sheerin rang the service on December 21 stating he would not be attending because he had "better things to do including his Christmas shopping".
In November the same court heard Sheerin had displayed "a remarkably lackadaisical" attitude to the sentence and again did not turn up to the unpaid work.
At that time Sheerin's solicitor, Dermot Clarke, said: "He is normally an optimistic, outgoing and exuberant man in many ways. He is a Jack the Lad.
"But this morning he is no Jack and no lad.
"He has spent most of the weekend with his head in his hands crying and he tells me he would do anything not to go back to where he has just come from."
For the defence, Sarah Jenkins said on Monday that Sheerin had found himself temporary seasonal work at Sainsbury's over December and so struggled to make some of his appointments.
She said: "He is still a young man who has not got any previous convictions and has not been in trouble since."
Sentencing Sheerin, Judge Jamie Tabor QC said: "When I met him in November I gave him a warning and sought assurances from him.
"He spent two days in custody then and so knew what awaited him.
"I have tried my hardest to get him to do the work and I have done my upmost to keep him out of prison.
"His lifestyle appears to be utterly chaotic. I find this young man really perplexing – he is not a fool.
"He is quite capable of attending supervision appointments and doing unpaid work, yet he has quite simply refused to do so."
He told Sheerin: "You gave me firm assurances you would complete it and failed to do so. I cannot give you any more chances.
"You knew what would happen and I am left with no alternative."