A YOUNG man who breached his curfew by a matter of minutes blamed a late running train from Huddersfield to Dewsbury yesterday.
Joshua Regan, of Victoria Crescent, Dewsbury, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Thursday, was supposed to be at his bail address on June 10.
Prosecutor, Linda Fowler, told Kirklees Magistrates’ Court that he should have been home at 7pm that evening and an automatic alert was recorded at 7.18pm by security company G4S.
She said there had been two other breaches also, including one on June 3 and one last month.
The defendant originally came to the court’s attention when he was charged with stealing £350 belonging to an Andrew Peacock. He pleads not guilty and there will be a trial later this year.
Chairman of the bench, Christine Mills, told him: “Trains between here and Dewsbury can be late.”
After hearing that he would have a new address in Scarborough she strongly advised him to give himself plenty of time when his trial takes place in August.
Having heard that he had not enjoyed his recent time in custody she said: “You don’t want 10 weeks in Armley, I can assure you of that.”