Jail for court order breach

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A man has been jailed for a burglary which took place over two years ago – after 
defying court orders imposed as an alternative toprison.

Magistrates heard Luke Varley was caught taking 
cable from the former Hanson’s brickworks at Ripley on September 20, 2010. He was ordered to carry out 60 hours unpaid work and was put on a community order.

In August, he took a pack of Carling lager from a shop and was caught, said Michael Law, prosecuting. Varley, 25, of Outram Court, Ripley, missed meetings with probation officers which were ordered as part of his sentence.

Magistrates dropped the existing orders and jailed Varley for 18 weeks. He will serve half in custody and then be freed on licence.

Pardeep Kalyan, mitigating, said:”He received a community order and 60 hours work which in hindsight was not a strenuous sentence.”

Varley missed appointments when he went to Scotland to visit his sister who was having a baby. His benefits were stopped and he was unable to return.

Jobless Varley acted as carer for his mother who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, he told the hearing in Derby.