A SUSPENDED jail sentence has been activated for a man who failed to complete court-ordered drug rehabilitation requirement activities.

Desmon Jones, of Ashurst Way, Oxford, was sentenced in June last year to 18 weeks imprisonment, suspended for a year, for his involvement in a burglary on April 19.

The 40-year-old had been sentenced for handling stolen goods – namely four mobile phones, £200 in cash, a wallet, and makeup.

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He was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work, 15 rehabilitation activity days, 12 months of drug rehabilitation sessions and a Thinking Skills programme.

However, he appeared in Oxford Crown Court on Monday (March 4) for breaching this order by missing four sessions he was required to attend.

The probation service described Jones’s compliance as ‘minimal’. It was heard he also has ulcerated legs so had been signed off from work.

Activating his 18-week prison sentence, Judge Michael Gledhill said: “You were given the opportunity to engage with this order, it was designed to try and help you.

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“You haven’t helped yourself and the probation report says you’re not engaging. You’ve been given every chance.”

He added that prison will be an opportunity for Jones to avoid drugs, seek medical assistance for his legs, and think about his plans when he is released.

Judge Gledhill added: “In a sense, I’m giving you that chance.”