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Court goes back on vow to jail addict for breach
8:30pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
YOUNG mum Helen Westall, who was given a last chance by a judge after twice breaching the terms of her sentence, was hauled back into court again for reoffending – but still hasn’t been jailed.
Westall, 25, of Castleford Close, Eastleaze, was originally convicted last June of allowing dealers from London to live in her Penhill home and helping them ply their trade in exchange for cheap drugs.
Recorder Michael Vere-Hodge QC told her: “If you go and dabble with drugs again the judge sitting here, and it won’t be me, will realise I have been too lenient.”
As part of the order she was told to do 100 hours of unpaid work, completing just under 67, and a six month drug rehabilitation requirement, which she finished.
But in January this year she appeared before Swindon magistrates, who gave her another chance after she was found with crack and heroin having been caught shoplifting.
Then, in May, she appeared back at Swindon Crown Court for breaching the order for not turning up at probation appointments or collecting her methadone.
Recorder Nicholas Hall was told she was not deemed motivated enough to go on another drug rehabilitation requirement.
He imposed another suspended sentence and told her if she failed again it will “almost certainly be imprisonment” after hearing she had twice breached the terms of a community order imposed for her part in the drugs trade.
But after she then failed to comply with the conditions of that order she was brought back before the court this week for re-sentence and now Westall, who is still on heroin despite completing a drug rehabilitation order, has been told to observe a night time curfew for one week as punishment.
Now in the latest hearing, at Swindon Crown Court on Thursday, Recorder Jonathan Fuller QC was told she was late for a probation appointment on May 16 and was given a formal warning.
On June 20 she was four-and-a-half hours late for her curfew claiming she had to babysit for a friend who was ill.
Michael Hall, for the probation service, said that since the case had been returned to the court for re-sentence she had started to comply.
Westall admitted being in breach of a suspended sentence.
Recorder Fuller said: “You have your own future in your own hands. You have a difficult task: I recognise that.
“The patience of the probation service can only stretch so far, similarly with the courts. If you are given these appointments you have got to take them. If there is another situation then you could go to prison.”
He allowed the order to continue and added the curfew.