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Pennington man Joe Chamberlain spared jail at Southampton Crown Court despite missing unpaid work sessions

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MISSING unpaid work sessions due to toothache and a false Covid-19 claim almost cost a Pennington man a spell in prison.

Joe Chamberlain (26), of Meadows Road, was warned at Southampton Crown Court he would go down if he missed any more sessions.

"Let this be the last time," Judge Peter Henry said.

Southampton Crown Court (52619136)
Southampton Crown Court (52619136)

Prosecutor Lucie Taylor explained Chamberlain was given a 14-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, after being convicted of charges including escaping from police custody and intimidating a juror/witness.

As part of it he also had to do 100 hours of unpaid work.

But Ms Taylor said Chamberlain failed to show for appointments on the 9th and 22nd January, and there been "an element of dishonesty" in his explanations.

Since then Chamberlain had worked well on the order, she added, and in total has completed 47 out of the 100 hours.

Ms Taylor said probation advised against jail, and to work with him to address his issues.

Defence barrister Francisca Da Costa warned the court: "There is not much hope of rehabilitation for Joe Chamberlain if he is locked up.

"He would come out and probably reconnect with friends that involve him in drink and drugs."

She stressed her client's parents were desperate to help and were prepared to take their son back in if he was subject to a curfew.

She also confirmed Chamberlain missed his first appointment because he had a toothache but "did not provide evidence of that" to the court.

Judge Henry said Chamberlain missed the second session over a Covid claim, and added 20 more unpaid work hours onto his punishment.

He also gave him a two-month curfew between 7pm and 6am.

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