A DISTRICT judge has said he has ‘no choice’ but to jail a Mansfield man for six months after he went on a car crime rampage.
Mansfield Magistrates’ Court was told how Daniel Cooke, of no fixed abode, made off with a Ford Mondeo car after the manager of the forecourt had left the keys in the ignition.
Cooke (28), who had no insurance and was already banned from driving, then filled its tank at a garage on Kirklington Road, Rainworth, with £45 worth of petrol and drove off without paying.
Robert Carr, prosecuting, said: “The forecourt attendant got the car’s number plate and gave it to the police.
“When Cooke was arrested he accepted he had taken the it and knew he was not allowed.”
It emerged during the hearing on Wednesday last week that Cooke had been released from HMP Nottingham Prison just two days before.
Louisa Treharne, defending, said Cooke no longer had the support of friends and family outside the prison environment and had tried to take his own life in February.
She added: “It is a sad state of affairs when someone of his age comes out of prison to commit crimes to go back in with immediate effect.
“He wants to go back to prison where he feels safe from himself and will have a roof.”
Ms Treharne said a psychiatrist had not been provided for Cooke while he was in custody despite being requested.
District Judge Michael Davison gave him four months for taking the vehicle without consent and four months for driving while disqualified to be served concurrently and two months for stealing the fuel consecutively.
His driving disqualification was extended by two years.