Coventry homeless man jailed for street begging

Cases heard at Coventry magistrates court on February 7 includes a beggar that was jailed for 4 weeks for breaching a criminal behaviour order for sitting on the floor.

John Page was banned from sitting on the floor of Coventry city centre to beg but was caught doing so on three occasions in January.

He admitted guilty to breaching the order at a hearing and was sentenced to four weeks of prison for his ‘flagrant breaches of court orders’.

The 35-year-old was seen sitting on the floor of Coventry car parks next to a ticket machine on January 16 and 18.

Magistrates ordered Page to pay a £115 victim subcharge.

Coventry Magistrates Court

Other cases in the day included theft, threatening a police officer, drink-driving, and fraud.

Coventry resident Lois Moreton, aged 26 of Gaveston Road in Coundon, stole £1,735 cash from Pinnacle Orthodontics. Moreton was given 150 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £1,300 compensation.

34-year-old Sean Cassidy from Swan Lane, Hillfields, admitted to drink-driving in Sky Blue Way, driving without care and attention, and driving without insurance. Cassidy was drink-driving with a breath of 49 where the limit is 35. He received a 14-month ban from driving, was fined £140 and ordered to pay £135 court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Michael Cirino, aged 35 from Harnell Lane in Hillfields, pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud by false representation from selling an iPod without the right to do so, and three counts of handling stolen goods. Cirino received a 12-week prison sentence suspended for a year, 200 hours unpaid work, and he was ordered to pay £290 compensation.

(Image: West Midlands Police)

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