Turpin notches up 227 offences
A prolific offender’s full cost to the taxpayer may never be revealed.
Violent repeat offender Darren Turpin, who has more than 100 convictions to his name, has committed a litany of offences including assault, threatening behaviour and racial abuse.
Last month the former Granary, Paddock Wood resident got his 106th conviction for threatening a security guard at Sevenoaks Magistrates Court.
It was the 50-year-old’s 227th offence.
After his trial on November 1 Kent Messenger to send a freedom of information request to discover how much he had cost the Crown Prosecution Service.
However CPS responded by saying the full amount was unknown.
In its response, CPS wrote: “This is because the vast majority of Mr Turpin’s cases were heard at the magistrates’ court.
“Cases heard at the magistrates’ court are typically conducted by CPS advocates; an advocate would normally cover several cases under a single daily rate. As a result the CPS does not hold detailed costing information on the individual convictions of Darren Turpin.
“There was only one case which went to the crown court and the CPS paid £316.44 to external counsel.”