AN Ellesmere Port man was told it was "a sad day at Chester Crown Court" as he was jailed for breaching his suspended sentence.

David Drury, 21, of Sutton Way, Great Sutton, appeared at the court on Thursday, May 16, having previously admitted failing to comply with the community order requirement of his suspended sentence.

Judge Simon Berkson sentenced Drury to three months in prison.

Prosecuting, Andrew Green said Drury had received a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, in April 2017 for burglary.

A community order was imposed where Drury was to complete 200 hours unpaid work, 20 days of a rehabilitation activity requirement (RAR) and a 24-week curfew.

But while the court heard Drury had complied with the curfew, he had only completed six RAR days and 15 hours unpaid work.

Judge Berkson said: "The reason he had such a 'lucky sentence' the first time around is because of the lack of his previous convictions."

Defending, Peter Barnett said Drury was a young man who was 18 at the time of the original offence and had got involved with other individuals and was using spice.

Since then, the was no longer taking spice and had not committed any further offences, was in a relationship and had accommodation.

He suffered with anxiety and depression and an element of agoraphobia.

Drury had also said he had now completed eight RAR days.

Mr Barnett asked Judge Berkson to keep a custodial sentence as short as possible.

Sentencing, Judge Berkson told Drury: "This is a sad day at Chester Crown Court; it was full of hope that two years ago you would comply with the probation services.

"In part you have changed your life around but you have not complied with the punitive element, the unpaid work and the RAR days.

"The suspended sentence imposed on you was that if you complied with the court order you would not go to prison. That effectively ties my hands today.

"There is substantial mitigation on your behalf, you complied with some of the order and it's clear you kept out of trouble."

The existing order was revoked and Drury was jailed for three months.