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Shoplifter locked up - because postman refused to deliver her mail after dog attack

28 Jul 2019, 12:00

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/wes ... n-16644742

Melanie Watson claimed she missed her post-sentence supervision appointments because postie avoided her block of flats

A woman who missed her probation appointments claimed that she didn't get her post - because of an aggressive dog.

Melanie Watson gave the bizarre excuse for failing to comply with her post-custodial supervision.


But her claims failed to wash with magistrates who sent her back to jail for a week.

Her imprisonment prompted an angry response from the 37-year-old and her partner who accused them of running "a kangaroo court."

But chairman of the bench Richard Fearnley said he was unimpressed with her attitude, telling her: "It's not a drop-in centre" after she arrived nearly two hours late for court.

Watson had admitted missing three office-based appointments with her supervising officer between May 23 and June 26.

Kirklees magistrates were told that she was sent letters warning her to attend but failed to do so.

It was her second breach of the order, the Huddersfield court heard.

Andy Day, mitigating, said: "A number of letters failed to reach my client.

"One of the reasons may be the fact that a neighbour's dog in the block of flats that my client lives in has been responsible for biting the postman."

He told magistrates that Watson is originally from Hull and is frequently away visiting family and friends who still live in the area.

Mr Day said that she appeared at Hull Magistrates' Court last week where she was convicted of shoplifting and handed a three-month curfew.

He argued that custody was 'unnecessary' as she had vowed to cooperate with her supervision requirements in the future.

But Mr Fearnley told her: "It's your second breach of post-sentence supervision and you committed offences whilst subject to it.

"You wandered into court at 11.15am when you should have been here at 9.30am.

"It's not a drop-in centre. If you're told to be here at a certain time you've got to be here."

He told Watson, of Manor Way in Batley, that her general attitude was "not good" and sent her to prison for seven days.

This sentence prompted a shocked Watson to shout out: "It's pointless. Seven days? It's a joke!"

And magistrates warned her partner that they would call security if he didn't leave the courtroom when he responded: "It's ridiculous. It's like a kangaroo court when you come here!"

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