Grantham court: Defendant’s lucky day

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Prosecutors offered no evidence against a 23-year-old defendant...after he had pleaded guilty to the offence.

Thomas Younghusband, of Counthorpe, Creeton, near Grantham, found himself before magistrates accused of a public order offence.

The charge was put to Younghusband who admitted the offence. However, Tracey Ross, prosecuting, stood up and urged the court to re-open the case and withdraw the conviction because Younghusband is a working man with no previous convictions.

Chair of magistrates Jane Tidswell said: “I think it’s going to be your lucky day today Mr Younghusband.”

The case was re-opened and withdrawn.

Mrs Tidswell told Younghusband: “Consider yourself exceedingly lucky to have a prosecutor like Miss Ross today.”