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Judge grants Middlesbrough yob wish by locking him up
A YOUNG yob got his wish and was locked up after telling a judge: "There's no point giving me community service because I won't do it."
Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, QC, was prepared to take a chance on Nathan Hasson to keep him out of prison and get help from probation chiefs.
The merciful move was considered despite Hasson doing just a fraction of his previous unpaid community work and giggling and grinning in the dock.
But the 21-year-old's lawyer told the Teesside Crown Court judge: "He doesn't seek me to try to persuade you to give him another chance."
Andrew Turton, mitigating, added: "He is realistic about the situation and realises there is every possibility that this is the end of the road for him.
"He has struggled with the order and can't, hand on heart, say he won't struggle with it in the future. He struggles with the responsibility.
"I can't put forward any sensible or reasonable mitigation for him not complying with the order. The penny does not appear to have dropped."
The judge was furious with Hasson laughing in the dock and his mates in the public gallery for making fun of the serious situation yesterday.
He threatened to lock up his pals for contempt and told Mr Turton: "They might want to see him go to prison and if he does he can thank them."
Hasson was given the community order with unpaid work for his part in a fight outside the casino at Teesside Park, near Stockton, in April 2011.
He had done just 19 hours of the 112-hour order when he was prosecuted for a breach and the punishment was upped to 120 hours by magistrates.
The court heard that he had gone to just two of the 11 probation sessions he was meant to attend and completed only 14 hours of the new work regime.
An increasingly frustrated Judge Bourne-Arton told Mr Turton: "I can't just accede to locking him up because he thinks that's the best option."
But the judge said he was left with little choice and jailed Hasson, of Liverton Avenue, Middlesbrough, for three months for breaching the court order.
He told him: "You realise this is the end of the road. You have singularly failed to comply. You candidly accept you have no intention of doing so."
Hasson had originally admitted using threatening and abusive words or behaviour during the casino fracas in which a man suffered a broken ankle.
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