Man jailed for breaching order

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A High Peak man has been jailed after breaching a court order.

Alexander Stoodley was given a suspended sentence order on May 28 for offences of stalking and theft.

But he failed to report for unpaid work on August 2, failed to perform the number of hours specified and failed to provide verification for his absence.

The 28-year-old, of Chapel Milton, admitted breaching the order.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “There was a medical reason for his non-attendance.

“He has a serious back problem. It is so serious he was unable to work.

“He is a self employed gardener and has just set up a new business.”

She added: “He has a limited IQ and struggles to comprehend the bigger picture. He takes life very literally.

“He did believe his medical certificate covered not only the unpaid work but the supervision as well.

“Of the 60 hours that were ordered, only ten and a half remain.”

But magistrates criticised Stoodley’s wilful non-compliance and jailed him for ten weeks.