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Teen could face jail for avoiding work

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 02, 2014

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A TEENAGER has refused to comply with a community order – and says he will not attend extra unpaid work sessions ordered by magistrates.

Ali Mohammed, 19, of Waterloo Street, appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court after being held in custody.

The court heard he had been arrested on warrant on April 25 for failing to attend court. He was subject to a community order imposed on April 8, which included 90 hours of unpaid work for a public order offence.

He failed to turn up to two appointments.

Sonia Lawrence, defending, said: “He wasn’t the only person involved in the public order offence but he was the only one to be sentenced. He has found it hard to understand why the other people have not been charged when there were other nationalities, including British, involved.

“He now understands it’s a choice between doing what he’s told to do and going to prison.”

Mohammed, who was convicted after CCTV footage was shown to the court, has made an official complaint to the police.

Ms Lawrence said Mohammed, from Iraq, had been the victim of racial abuse, adding that he was willing to co-operate but would still want to talk about what ‘did or didn’t happen to the others.’

Probation officer Vicky Brake said: “He has continually repeated ‘it’s not my fault I’m on the order’ – he needs to be able to drop that, it’s nothing to do with probation. The course has started and he hasn’t done it. He has told me he is not willing to work with me. I don’t think we can work with him on supervision, but he does need punishment.”

Magistrate Lesley Cooke told Mohammed if he chose not to comply with the order he would find himself back in court and facing jail.

She said: “It’s not for you to decide what you will or won’t do. We are leaving the order in place but adding in an extra 30 hours of unpaid work and costs of £60.”

Mr Mohammed replied: “I’m not going.”

He was told he would face the consequences.

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