Teen tearaway behind bars again

DESPITE a last ditch plea from his mum, a teenage troublemaker is behind bars yet again today after admitting his 58th offence.Mark Stagg, of Kitchener Road, Ipswich, was lambasted by Judge Peter Thompson while he was sentenced to two years in jail for burglaryThe 19-year-old admitted the offence at a previous hearing, racking up his 29th conviction in the process.

DESPITE a last ditch plea from his mum, a teenage troublemaker is behind bars yet again today after admitting his 58th offence.

Mark Stagg, of Kitchener Road, Ipswich, was lambasted by Judge Peter Thompson while he was sentenced to two years in jail for burglary

The 19-year-old admitted the offence at a previous hearing, racking up his 29th conviction in the process.

Judge Thompson told Ipswich Crown Court he had rarely seen such an unsympathetic pre-sentence report by the Probation Service.


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He said: “You are quite plainly a persistent offender. Whatever your mother says about you, I have no sympathy for you. You are persistent, wilful and selfish to think you can do what you like and you are going to face a lengthy prison sentence.

“All the efforts the probation service has made over the last seven years have proved fruitless. I have a duty to protect the public from you for as long as I can.

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“If I could, I would keep you away from them until you learn to become like the rest of us.”

Stagg's latest offence took place on Wednesday, September 26, in The Avenue, Trimley.

Police officers were on patrol when they were flagged down by someone who had seen a man trying to open doors to houses.

They carried out a search and Stagg, who fitted the description, was stopped and searched.

A mobile phone and watch, amounting £250, was found on him that he could not account for. The victim of the crime approached police to report his mobile and a watch had been taken from his kitchen. Stagg was then arrested.

Mitigating on his behalf, Neil Macaulay told the court that Stagg suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and has an alcohol problem.

He said: “He did not have the benefit of a settled childhood. He has had a problem with drink since he was 15 or 16 and says it helps alleviate his depression. He acknowledges he needs professional help.”

His mother, Caroline Stagg, told the court: “When he reflects on what he has done, he does show remorse. He gets angry and upset with himself. He genuinely regrets what he does.”

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April 2005: He was given an anti-social behaviour order to prevent him from entering certain parts of Woodbridge.

September 2006: He was spared prison despite breaking the terms of his anti-social behaviour order while on a suspended sentence.

November 2006: He was given six-month custodial sentence for breaching the conditions of his Asbo and failing to answer bail less than four weeks after escaping prison for another offence.

February 2007: He was sent to prison for making racist remarks to two people and resisting arrest

June 22 2007: He was pleaded guilty of affray and was given a six-month conditional discharge.

July 2 2007: He pleaded guilty of burglary and sentenced to 42 days in a young offenders' institute, breach conditional discharge.

October, 2007: He pleaded guilty to burglary and is committed to Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing on November 1.

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