Rossendale brain-injured former soldier spared jail for ‘silly’ incident (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Rossendale brain-injured former soldier spared jail for ‘silly’ incident
10:00pm Monday 25th February 2013 in News
AN ex-soldier left brain-injured after being blown up in Afghanistan was staring jail in the face after getting drunk at a works party.
Ashley Clark, 21, was subject to a suspended jail sentence for a raid on his aunt and uncle’s Rossendale farmhouse.
Clark had been given 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, with supervision, at Burnley Crown Court last October, after admitting burglary.
He was back in the dock after he was said to have verbally abused police, last December 15.
The court was told he had been arrested, became violent, and was taken to the ground.
Clark, of Walk Mill Place, Cliviger, had admitted being drunk and disorderly, and resisting police, in breach of the suspended sentence, and had been committed for sentence by Pennine magistrates.
He was given a six-month conditional discharge, and must pay £50 costs.
Sentencing, Judge Andrew Woolman said the defendant had got ‘thoroughly drunk’ and the incident had been silly.
He told Clark: “It’s not enough for the court to contemplate activating the suspended sentence.”