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Torrington man curfewed for breaching order but can still take dogs into garden

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: March 28, 2013

A drug dealer has been curfewed after he admitted failing to turn up for community service sessions but told he can still take his pet dogs into his back garden.

Kyle Neep, 23, has been warned he could be jailed if he does not complete the 49 and a half hours of unpaid work which is still outstanding.

Neep got behind with the work when he lost touch with the probation service because he moved from the farm where he was living in North Devon to Torrington.

He is serving a community sentence after being caught red-handed by police selling cannabis in Bude from the pillion seat of a friend’s motorcycle.

Neep, of Taddiport, Torrington, admitted possession of 62 grams of cannabis with intent to supply and was ordered to do 120 hours unpaid community work at Truro Crown Court in May.

He was arrested when another man’s motorcycle was stopped in Bude and police found the drugs, scales, a grinder, and a mobile phone containing incriminating messages.

Neep, admitted breaching his community order and was made subject of an overnight curfew for two months by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, at Exeter Crown Court. He must still complete the outstanding hours.

Miss Emily Pitts, prosecuting, said Neep missed an appointment in February and another in March, and failed to provide a medical certificate to explain his absence.

Miss Bathsheba Cassel, defending, said Neep has family difficulties as a result of bereavement and is helping an elderly relation by providing daily meals.

She asked for the curfew area to include his garden and told the judge: "If he is subject to a curfew he asks if he would be able to go into his garden to let his dogs out."

Judge Gilbert agreed to the request but warned him he faced jail if he breached the community order again.

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