[Hpn] ~SSDD~Prison Will Give Homeless Man Stability Proclaims Judge
William Charles Tinker
Wed, 29 Jun 2005 08:49:51 -0400
Prison will give homeless man stability - judge
29 June 2005
By LUCY REED
A homeless man with a history of offending has been jailed for 14 months to
regain some stability in his life.
Steve Charles Phillips, 19, pleaded guilty to two charges of burglary, one
of trespassing and one of breaching a community work sentence in Hamilton
District Court yesterday.
During sentencing, Phillips' grandmother stood crying and told Judge Neil
MacLean prison would not be the best alternative for her "easily led"
grandson and offered to look after him herself.
Judge MacLean said the defendant was a young man with major physical and
psychiatric issues which needed professional care.
He said Phillips had "gone off the rails" and a prison sentence was the only
chance he had of getting the stability required to deal with life.
"To say he appears with complex problems would be the understatement of all
time," the judge said.
Phillips was denied leave to apply for home detention.