Prison threat to beg­gar

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A no­to­ri­ous beg­gar faces a new jail sen­tence af­ter beg­ging on the streets on Bath. Jenny Din­more, 43, was given three prison terms within seven months be­tween July 2016 and Fe­bru­ary 2017 due to her re­peated re­of­fend­ing. She ad­mit­ted two counts of breach­ing a crim­i­nal be­hav­iour or­der by beg­ging when she ap­peared at Bath Mag­is­trates’ Court on Wednes­day, Jan­uary 2. Din­more asked mem­bers of the pub­lic for money on Novem­ber 25 on Green Street and on Novem­ber 28 on New Bond Street. The court heard she has a his­tory of men­tal health prob­lems and drug abuse and is show­ing “enor­mously en­cour­ag­ing” signs of im­prove­ment thanks to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ses­sions she’s hav­ing with a Bath char­ity. How­ever, she still could be sent to prison and her so­lic­i­tor ex­pressed con­cerns the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem was “on a track which is never end­ing” re­gard­ing her pun­ish­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. She was given the crim­i­nal be­hav­iour or­der, which lasts for five years, on Au­gust 23. It only con­tains one con­di­tion, that Din­more does not beg or ask for money within an ex­clu­sion zone that in­cludes Bath city cen­tre. Pros­e­cut­ing, Jes­sica Dob­son told the court that in the first in­ci­dent, Din­more had asked mem­bers of the pub­lic “’Ex­cuse me, spare some change?’”. “This was re­ported to the po­lice,” she said. On Novem­ber 28, po­lice of­fi­cers no­ticed her beg­ging. She ini­tially told of­fi­cers in an in­ter­view that she was ask­ing for change for a £5 note. Din­more has a lengthy his­tory of ap­pear­ing be­fore mag­is­trates’ courts in Bath and Bris­tol for beg­ging. She broke her cur­rent be­hav­iour or­der less than a month af­ter it was made and was sen­tenced to a com­mu­nity or­der, in­clud­ing a 12-week cur­few on Oc­to­ber 31. Be­fore that Din­more had been sen­tenced to three sep­a­rate jail terms within a seven-month pe­riod. Each in­stance was for a breach of a pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal be­hav­iour or­der - which she was one of the first peo­ple to re­ceive - made on June 1 2015. Ms Dob­son told the court she broke her pre­vi­ous or­der a to­tal of seven times. This in­cluded a breach for which she was given a sus­pended prison sen­tence on June 27 2018. When she was given the com­mu­nity or­der in Oc­to­ber, mag­is­trates de­cided not to ac­ti­vate the sus­pended sen­tence but it re­mains a pos­si­bil­ity, mean­ing Din­more could be sent to prison for a fur­ther time. Ms Dob­son said: “This is ag­gra­vated by the fact this is a fur­ther breach of the crim­i­nal be­hav­iour or­der. “The Crown would con­tend that there’s a his­tory of dis­obe­di­ence of court orders.” De­fend­ing, Sheila Car­rick said: “I have known Miss Din­more for over 20 years. “And I’ve dealt with her as a men­tal health client in the past. “The men­tal health as­pects have not been ad­dressed es­pe­cially [well] over the years.” Sen­tenc­ing, lead mag­is­trate An­gela Gra­ham-lee said: “We’re very con­cerned about these breaches of the crim­i­nal be­hav­iour or­der, par­tic­u­larly when you have a sus­pended sen­tence hang­ing over you.” Her hear­ing was ad­journed and Din­more will re­turn to Bath Mag­is­trates’ Court on Jan­uary 30.

Jenny Din­more is fac­ing jail

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