Teenager failed to turn up to do unpaid work

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A CONVICTED criminal who repeatedly failed to turn up to do his community service has been given a curfew.

Matthew Mason was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work after he was convicted of possessing a class C drug.

The 19-year-old then had another 20 hours added to the order after he didn’t turn up.

Since then Mason, of Furze Lane, Milton, Portsmouth, has failed to show up on two more occasions.

Prosecutor Duncan Milne said the teenager had managed to complete 107 hours of the 220.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Mason had struggled to carry out community service on a Sunday because he worked until late at night at Liquid & Envy nightclub in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth, on Saturdays.

But he has now left his job and gone to study at Highbury College.

Judge Sarah Munro QC said: ‘You were given an order which requires you to do unpaid work.

‘This is now the second breach. You have failed to attend on three separate occasions.

‘I am prepared to say that you can have one more chance to complete these hours.

‘Next time this order will almost certainly be revoked and some more onerous punishment will be given to you.’

Mason must stay at home between 8pm and 8am, every day for two months. He still has to complete the remaining 123 hours of unpaid work.