Turpin notches up 227 of­fences

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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