Banned Kettering driver jailed after breaching suspended sentence

He was spared from prison last year after he was caught with a knife

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 9:58 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 10:02 am
Northampton Magistrates' Court.

A Kettering man who was spared from prison last year for having a knife is now behind bars after breaching his suspended sentence.

Spencer Cassidy, 26, was caught behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Corsa in Newman Street, Burton Latimer, on February 18 despite being banned from the roads and having no insurance.

His arrest came less than six months after magistrates gave him a suspended prison sentence in September.

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Cassidy, now of Windmill Avenue, had been caught with a flick knife and cannabis on the Highfield estate on June 12 last year.

And when he appeared before magistrates in Northampton again earlier this month he was not given another chance.

Magistrates activated his six-month suspended sentence and added an extra four weeks in prison for driving whilst disqualified, giving him a total sentence of 30 weeks in prison.

Cassidy was banned from driving for four months and told to pay costs of £85 and a surcharge to fund victim services of £128.

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