A STRATFORD man who had been given ‘an exceptional opportunity,’ despite breaching a suspended prison sentence by kicking a police officer to the genitals, is finally behind bars.
A judge at Warwick Crown Court told Dominic Maynard he was not getting another chance after hearing he had failed to comply with a community order or to address drink and drug issues.
Maynard, 30, of Lodge Road, who had admitted breaching the order and an earlier suspended sentence, was jailed for 18 months.
Prosecutor Makhan Shoker said in September last year Maynard was given a 20-month suspended sentence for possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and having a bladed article.
Despite breaching the suspended sentence by failing to attend appointments, it was allowed to continue when he appeared before the court for further matters in August this year.
And for the new offences of being drunk and disorderly and assaulting an emergency worker, which he had admitted, he was given a community order, with a drug rehabilitation requirement.
Joshua Purser, prosecuting at that hearing said that in June Maynard’s father called the police to report that he was causing a nuisance outside his home in Baker Avenue.
When officers arrived, Maynard, who had taken drugs and been drinking wine, would not comply with their request to move away or to have assistance from an ambulance.
He was ushered away and told not to return, but he did so and began shouting in the street, so the police again attended and told him to leave, and he walked away.
But a further call had to be made to the police about another incident after he was heard shouting and swearing and asking for money. Again he was asked to leave, but refused.
And when a police officer tried to take a bottle from him, he became aggressive, and it was finally decided to arrest him – during which he kicked the officer in the genitals.
Mr Purser added that as well as the drug offence, Maynard had previous convictions for disorderly behaviour, resisting arrest and being drunk and disorderly.
Although the offences put him breach of the suspended sentence order, with which it was said he had made ‘no progress at all,’ Recorder Francesca Levett said she would give him ‘one last chance.’
Maynard, who was representing himself, claimed his probation officer was off sick and was the only one with his phone number, so no-one had phoned him, and they were writing to the wrong address.
And at the latest hearing Judge Anthony Potter told him: “You were given this chance last year because of the circumstances in which you were supplying drugs, and then given another chance in August.
“I am not going to give you another chance.”