Man jailed for ignoring order in King’s Lynn

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A man who refused to complete the community part of a suspended prison term because of a “personality clash” has been jailed for six weeks.

Terence Hewitt claimed his supervising officer was “demeaning” and said he couldn’t complete a supervision requirement or domestic abuse programme because of mental health problems.

The 38-year-old, of Daseleys Close, Lynn, was given the six-week sentence, suspended for 18 months, last January, for three offences of sending grossly offensive messages.

He originally denied failing to comply with the order, but he changed his plea to guilty at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Friday after doctors said there was no medical reason why he couldn’t complete it.

James Macwhirter, for Hewitt, said: “There had been a clash of personalities between Hewitt and his supervising officer, which resulted in him lodging two complaints with the Probation Service.”

He urged magistrates not to activate the prison sentence so Hewitt could support his partner while her mother and sister were in hospital. But the bench decided to impose the full term as Hewitt had refused to complete the domestic abuse programme before and it was the main part of his sentence.