Bolsover man escapes punishment for failing to keep up payments

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A BOLSOVER man with court bills totalling more than £1,800 has been spared punishment for failing to keep up payment.

Ex-serviceman Michael Betton had racked up the deficit for offences, including damaging a bank and driving off without paying for fuel.

Chesterfield magistrates were told that he had paid only £70 towards the £1,844 he owed in compensation, fines and costs.

Jon Barber, in mitigation, said: “He has a number of mental health difficulties resulting from serving in the forces.”

A previous hearing was told that the former Somercotes man served in Northern Ireland from 1986-92 and was affected by atrocities he witnessed.

The bench wrote £225 off the total debt, leaving Betton, of Harvey Court, with a bill of £1,619 to pay at £20 a month.