Crowbar attacker jailed after ignoring unpaid work order

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A THUG who knocked a man unconscious with a crowbar has been jailed for a year after failing to take advantage of a judge’s “exceptional leniency”.

Leeds Crown Court heard James Brear, 23, attacked former friend Jake Smith with a crowbar on Priory Road at Featherstone in March 2013. Brear, who has previous convictions for battery and assault, was convicted of assault and possessing an offensive weapon after a trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Last May, a judge handed Brear a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered him to complete 200 hours’ unpaid community work.

Prosecutor, Sam Andrews told Leeds Crown Court that Brear failed to turn up to do his unpaid work on three occasions in August this year.

Brear, of Church Lane, Featherstone, admitted three charges of failing to attend for unpaid work.

Mitigating, Dale Brook said Brear had been suffering from depression.

Invoking the suspended sentence and jailing Brear for 12 months, Judge Peter Hunt told him: “None of the unpaid work has been done and none of the work has started. You did not plead guilty and were convicted by a jury.

“The judge treated you with exceptional leniency, imposing a suspended sentence order and made it clear you were to do unpaid work for 200 hours.”

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