Threats from a neighbour forced man to quit Wisbech, a court was told

PUBLISHED: 14:16 21 October 2010

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FRIGHTENED by threats from a neighbour, Mark Hallam left his Wisbech home and moved to the coast.

But that move put him in breach of his 12-week suspended jail sentence, a court was told, because it meant he failed to attend unpaid work sessions.

Appearing back before Fenland magistrates, Hallam admitted he missed two appointments with the probation service, on June 30 and July 26. His suspended sentence imposed back in June for an offence of threatening behaviour had included a 120 hour work requirement.

“Everything changed on July 7 when he had to go to an anonymous address,” solicitor John Clarke explained to the court.

“He has not done any work since then, he was frightened to come back; he felt he had a good excuse to move.

“He is now motivated to complete the work because he is out of danger and no longer subject to any threats.”

Hallam, who formerly lived at Mountpleasant Road, Wisbech, had 14 hours of work added to his work order. His sentence will be handled by Lincolnshire probation service in future.

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