Judge criticises beer and TV 'flat-screen curfews'
PUBLISHED October 31, 2012
Judge Paul Darlow made the comments as he dealt with burglar Nicholas March, who claimed he would struggle to do unpaid work as part of his sentence.
Despite being able to wriggle through windows to burgle people's homes, March was spared a community penalty after his barrister said he was suffering from a physical injury. Instead he was given a tougher curfew regime than normal.
The judge said: "I don't like flat-screen curfews. It's not simply a case of you staying at home with a few tins from the off-licence - it's going to be slightly more onerous."
March, 52, from Plymouth, Devon, was sentenced to be tagged for the next five months. In addition to an overnight curfew from 5pm to 4am, the judge ruled he must also stay indoors between 11am and 2pm.
It means he will be subject to the restrictions over Christmas and New Year.