A HEREFORD offender who failed to turn up for court-ordered appointments has avoided prison after making a promise to magistrates.

Raimonds Debenko admitted one count of failing to comply with the community requirements of a suspended sentence order when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford in September.

The court heard from the probation service that the 34-year-old had been made subject to a suspended sentence by magistrates in Hereford in June.


But, magistrates were told, he had failed to comply with the order by failing to attend probation appointments on August 8 and 16 and failing to provide the required evidence to reasonably excuse his absences within the specified time limit.

Magistrates said it would be unjust to activate the suspended sentence as this was Debenko's first breach, as he has now been rehoused, is complying with the order, and had assured the court that he would continue to comply with it.

Debenko, of Belmont Road, Hereford, was fined £60, but no order was made for prosecution costs to be paid due to his lack of means.