Judge warns man to expect prison term in the new year

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A DISTRICT judge warned a former Grantham resident that he sees no alternative to jail when he is sentenced for criminal damage and breaching a community order next year.

John Gaskin, formerly of Uplands Drive, Grantham, failed to attend court on December 7 for damaging windows at a house in Trent Road on November 14.

He admitted sending a text message to the owner of the house stating that he was going to smash the windows before carrying out his threats.

Police arrested Gaskin, 41, nearby. He had a crowbar.

Gaskin also breached his community order since family problems prompted a move to Sheffield. Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said he had been doing well on his community order until recently.

District Judge John Stobart bailed Gaskin until January 11 but said: “By giving you bail I’m not promising anything. You’ve totally ignored the order. As far as I’m concerned there’s nothing but prison for this matter but it maybe on seeing a report the court thinks otherwise.”