Robber given last chance to avoid jail

A ROBBER who has again failed on a suspended sentence has been given a last chance by a judge.

Peter Lusty, of East Street, in the Railway Village, was told if he breached the terms of the order again he would serve the whole 12-month jail term.

Judge Tim Mousley QC said he would give the 26-year-old a final chance after hearing he got off hard drugs, but was still struggling with cannabis.

Lusty had the one-year jail term suspended for 18 months in April last year for his part in a mugging in which the victim had planned to rob him and a friend.

But in November a judge decided not to activate the jail term after hearing how he had continued to commit crime, including attacking a woman.

However, in the following months he failed to attend meetings to help him change, so the case was sent back before a judge.

John Simmons, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court despite Lusty’s latest failure the probation service felt they could still work with him.

Chris Oswald, defending, said Lusty is suffering paranoia from smoking cannabis but is reducing his use of the drug.

The judge allowed the suspended sentence to continue but added a two-month night time curfew and told him to pay £100 costs.


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