Judge gives teenager last chance to avoid jail

Share this article
Police in Middle Street, Portsmouth, over the weekend.

Attempt murder probe: second man arrested

Have your say

A TEENAGE thief who repeatedly breached the conditions of her community order has been given one last chance to stay out of jail.

Chelsea Campbell was given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, after she was convicted of theft last year.

As part of her punishment she was also told to do unpaid work in the community and go to meetings with the probation service.

But since then the 19-year-old has repeatedly failed to turn up to appointments.

The latest breach came in July when she didn’t go to an induction session she was supposed to attend before starting community service.

Campbell, of Longdean Close, Paulsgrove, admitted breaching the order for the third time when she appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Eileen Sproson, defending, said Campbell was determined to change her ways and was studying hairdressing at Highbury College.

‘She knows she is on shaky ground but this is a young lady who does have prospects and she does need support,’ she said.

Judge Sarah Munro QC adjourned the sentencing for three weeks to give Campbell time to prove she had changed by getting on with her community service. But she warned her that if she failed she would be going to jail.

Judge Munro said: ‘I want to give you a chance. No excuses.

‘What I am expecting you to do is turn up and perform the unpaid work hours you are asked to do between now and September 14. If you do that things will look rosy for you. If you don’t then you will be going to prison, be in no doubt about that.’

Campbell will have to stick to a curfew between 7pm and 8am until her sentencing date.