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"Behave or go to jail," judge warns Ambleside chef
3:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
AN AMBLESIDE chef has been given four weeks to show he is willing to obey a court order or go to jail.
A judge at Carlisle Crown Court gave the ultimatum to Mark Hawkins, 35, a day after she had issued a warrant for his arrest when he failed to attend a hearing to explain why he had not been abiding by conditions on a suspended prison sentence he was given for supplying his landlord with illegal drugs.
Hawkins handed himself in to Kendal police last Thursday and a few hours later made a belated appearance before Judge Barbara Forrester.
The court heard that as part of a sentence imposed in February Hawkins had been ordered to co-operate with probation officers and instructed to return to court once a month to have his progress on a drugs rehabilitation scheme monitored.
The court heard that Hawkins arranged to pay off a ‘significant’ debt after falling behind with the rent he owed to 38-year-old Darren Allen while living as a lodger in a room at his home in Castlefield, Ambleside.
He was given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, ordered to do 100 hours community work and made to attend drug rehabilitation sessions for six months.
Allen, who pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply it after being caught with £1,868-worth of Hawkins’ cannabis in his room, was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work