Fisherman jailed for six months

Paul Prince.
Paul Prince.

A JUDGE has told a fisherman that he has been given chance after chance by the courts and the time has come to jail him.

Paul Prince, 19, was caught riding a stolen Honda Vision moped around Woldgate in Bridlington at 3am with four youths, a court has heard.

He tried to flee the police knowing he was in breach of a nine-month suspended sentence for burgling his friend’s house after a night out in Bridlington.

Prince, of The Crescent, Hornsea, appeared at Hull Crown Court for sentence on Monday October 22 after admitting a charge of taking the moped without the owner’s consent.

The court heard he had burgled Ryan Wright’s home on February 12 and followed it up with the moped theft in Bridlington on June 21, 2012.

Sentencing Judge Michael Mettyear said: “You have been given chance after chance. You have got to realise your conduct is just not acceptable.”

He said Prince was given a police reprimand in 2009 for threatening behaviour followed by a second reprimand for another offence in February 2010.

He received a police caution for battery in May 2011 and a caution for taking a vehicle without consent on February 4, 2012.

Judge Mettyear said the burglary of Mr Wright’s home and using his cash point card to steal £41 after a drink-fuelled night in Bridlington was a serious offence which was why he was given a suspended prison sentence. He said he had ignored it when again he was offending in Woldgate.

“You have been going in the wrong direction for some time now,” said Judge Mettyear.

“I have no doubt you were told that any breach of your suspended sentence would mean it would be activated unless it was unjust. You have got to realise when courts say something they mean it,” Judge Mettyear said.

Prince’s barrister John Thackray urged the judge not to jail him. He said although he was serving a suspended sentence he had not committed a similar offence to the burglary.

“He is well thought of by his employer,” said Mr Thackray.

“He did not plan that night to go out and commit this offence. He has tackled his drink problem.”

Judge Mettyear said judges had told Prince repeatedly he was being given chances and he said he sympathised with Prince’s mother.

“You have a choice about whether you want to live a life of crime,” concluded Judge Mettyear.

“If you continue to commit offences you will spend longer and longer inside.”

He ordered Prince should be sent to a Young Offenders’ Institution for six months.