Mansfield street robber jailed after breaching sentence order

A 19-year-old youth who was lucky to get only a community sentence for bullying Mansfield street robberies, has now been jailed after failing to co-operate with the probation service.

Finbarr Duffy, of no fixed address, was sent by Mansfield magistrates to Nottingham Crown Court.

He was originally given a community order with unpaid work for two robberies where he had demanded a mobile phone and alcohol. It was ‘bullying,’ said Jon Straw, prosecuting.

The court heard Duffy breached the order on three occasions and also pleaded guilty to a further offence of interfering with a vehicle.

He had previous convictions for threatening behaviour and criminal damage.

His barrister Martin Elwick said: ‘He has now been on remand in Nottingham Prison for 10 days and has found it an unpleasant experience.

“He went completely off the radar earlier this year. His mother is in court and said if he had stopped with her none of this would have happened.”

He had completed just over half of the hours of unpaid work.

The Recorder of Nottingham Judge Michael Stokes told Duffy: “You were extremely fortunate not to get a custodial sentence for the robberies.

“Now custody is inevitable. The probation service feel they can do no more with you, given the attitude you have demonstrated.”

The sentence was eight months at a young offender institution.