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Gainsborough man given ‘chance after chance’ to do unpaid work by judge is finally jailed

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A Gainsborough man who failed to carry out unpaid work imposed by a judge has been jailed for nine months.

Ty McLaggan was originally ordered to carry out 130 hours of unpaid work as part of a suspended jail sentence imposed in November 2016 for an offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

But he was brought back to court in April 2017 and given an extra 20 hours work for failing to comply with the original order.

Then in October last year he was given a further 30 hours after again failing to complete work.

He then failed to turn up for work on October 22 and a week later when he did attend he left early saying he did not feel well.

McLaggan, 29, of Japan Road, Gainsborough, admitted breach of the suspended sentence order by failing to comply with an unpaid work order.

The court was told he still has 14 hours of unpaid work outstanding.

Siward James-Moore, in mitigation, said that McLaggan suffers from anxiety and depression.

“He has been prescribed with anti-depressants by his GP. His condition is almost verging on agoraphobia.

“He knows he has had warning after warning. The reality of unpaid work is that he goes on a bus with 16 or so strangers and he finds it very difficult to cope with that situation. He gets to the pick-up point, the bus comes into view and he turns and runs.

“When there is someone he knows he finds it much easier to get on the bus.”

Judge Simon Hirst, passing sentence, told McLaggan: “You have reached the end of the road. You have had chance after chance. “