Grantham court: Curfew extended due to tag delay

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A convicted shoplifter has had his curfew extended because the electronic monitoring company were unable to install the necessary equipment on two occasions.

On March 12, Paul Kavanagh, 33, of Harlaxton Road, Grantham, was sentenced to serve a three month community order comprising a electronically monitored curfew to remain at home between 9.30pm to 5.45am, seven days a week.

However, Kiran Patel from Lincolnshire Probation informed magistrates that when the company attended Kavanagh’s shared property to install the equipment on March 13 and again on March 14, no-one opened the front door.

Both times they posted a letter through the door notifying the defendant of their visit, after knocking three times and on the second occasion calling a phone number which went to a voicemail saying ‘This is Kav’.

On March 16 they received a phone call provided on the letters from Kavanagh, who questioned why they couldn’t come at a specific time, and then hung up.

Mr Patel explained that it was usual for the company to attend around the time of the curfew, when the defendant would be expected to be at home, with them visiting at 8.41pm and then 9.31pm.

Lisa Elkington, defending, said her client accepted the breach but explained that he lived in the attic whereas others lived in the front room where a dog was seen at the window and in the upstairs bedroom where a TV was heard during the visits.

With no doorbell at the property he said it was extremely difficult for him to hear if no-one else answered the door, and that he was probably asleep at the times they came after working long hours in the building trade.

In court Kavanagh added he had no problem with having the tag, but questioned again why they couldn’t give him a definite time.

Magistrates agreed with probation’s recommendation to extend the order and curfew by a month to ensure three months are still served.