A PROLIFIC Oxford car thief has been given a chance to prove himself and handed a deferred sentence.

Joseph Holden appeared at Oxford Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to a string of motoring offences in Headington and Cowley Road.

The 25-year-old was caught on April 8 this year and charged with aggravated vehicle theft, driving while disqualified, handling stolen goods and driving with no insurance.

An earlier sentencing hearing was adjourned after presiding Judge Peter Ross criticised the 'very poor' quality of a report from the National Probation Service.

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Yesterday the same court judge slammed another 'useless' report by the probation service.

He ordered that Holden be made subject to a three-month period of deferment before final sentencing is passed.

As part of that deferment he must reside as directed by the probation service and remain under their supervision.

He must also engage with mental health professionals and take part in monthly reviews.

Holden's case was adjourned for the final sentencing hearing which will be held at the same court on Friday February 28.