A MAN who failed to comply with the terms of a suspended sentence has been given a chance after a judge heard his father was seriously ill after suffering a stroke.

Sean Little, of Inglesham Road, was ordered to attend probation and complete a course to address his aggressive behaviour after being given a ten-month jail term suspended for a year last October.

He had brandished a knife during an incident at home on August 25 last year and claimed later he had unwittingly been given a legal high by a friend.

But the 24-year-old only turned up for two of the first seven appointments on the order having already been given three weeks off because of his father’s plight.

Little admitted being in breach of the order by failing to attend appointments.

Rob Ross, defending, said Little had not been working as his boss was his mother’s partner, and they had split up causing Little to move out.

He said: “He was honest with me, the reason he hasn't started is he simply let family matters get on top.”

Judge Philip Wassall extended the order to 18 months and told him he would effectively be starting it again. “You’re not going to get the nod the second time,” he said.