Judge uses power not to activate jail term Â Â Â Â
A VANDAL who breached a suspended prison sentence twice escaped jail after an '˜extraordinary turnaround in lifestyle'.
Judge William Ashworth used his powers of discretion at Portsmouth Crown Court by not enforcing guidelines that usually would have seen Havant-based Scott Rapley incarcerated for his crimes.
The defendant admitted damaging Ali's kebab shop in Commercial Road causing the owner to lose out on a day of trade.Â
While on bail Rapley, 20, then lashed out at a car for no reason, leaving it damaged.
'˜It has been anÂ extraordinary turnaround in your lifestyle with you working hard and getting a promotion and ending the destructive cycle you were in.
'˜It would be unjust to activate your sentence,' judge AshworthÂ said.
Instead Rapley, of Cedar Gardens, was given a community order of 12 months, 120 hours unpaid work, told to pay compensation to his victims of Â£872, as well as being told to payÂ Â£340 costs andÂ Â£200 fine.