Abusive tag row offender from Bolsover gets suspended sentence

Chesterfield Magistrates' Court.
Chesterfield Magistrates' Court.

An abusive offender who insulted curfew staff after they were trying to deal with problems with his electronic tag has been re-sentenced with a suspended prison term.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Thursday, May 14, how Robert Clarke, 24, of Scarsdale Street, Bolsover, had already been serving a community order with a curfew and an electronic tag for an assault when he abused staff during a tagging check.

Defence solicitor John Wilford told the court that Clarke received a call from the tagging company which was concerned the tag had been tampered with but he did not respond to it because he was under the weather with a toothache and felt he had done nothing wrong.

Clarke admitted using abusive language and threatening behaviour towards the staff when they contacted him again during the incident in April.

Magistrates opted to resentence Clarke for the original assault offence which had been committed in December, last year. Clarke was given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months.