WISBECH: Spina bifida sufferer has court sentence replaced with curfew by magistrates

PUBLISHED: 15:39 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:51 02 June 2010

A SPINA bifida sufferer persuaded magistrates to bin his100-hour community work order– even though a doctor s letter told the court he was capable of undertaking some work. The letter came from the same surgery that had been issuing Leon Bird with medical

A SPINA bifida sufferer persuaded magistrates to bin his100-hour community work order- even though a doctor's letter told the court he was capable of undertaking some work.

The letter came from the same surgery that had been issuing Leon Bird with medical certificates saying that he was unfit for work, Fenland magistrates were told.

"This letter was written without very much thought," solicitor George Sorrell complained as he asked the court to dump the work order and re-sentence Bird to a different penalty.

He said the letter and the medical certificates have been written by two different doctors.

Mr Sorrell also told the court that 33-year-old Bird - who completed a 120-hour unpaid work order a couple of years ago - was born with spina bifida and suffers with back problems.

He has been referred to a physiotherapist, and receives incapacity based income support.

Bird, of Henson Close, Wisbech, was given the 100-hour work order back in June, for offences of driving while disqualified and failing to answer bail.

Magistrates revoked the work order and replaced it with a two-month curfew order. Bird must wear an electronic tag, and stay indoors every day between 8pm and 8am.


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