Friday, December 25, 2015

Man forced to wear Christmas jumper to court by his mother avoided being jailed

A "Ho Ho Ho" Christmas jumper may have helped save a man from ending up in custody over the festive period.

Callum Wilson, 30, of Grimsby, Humberside, appeared in court accused of theft offences. But he was brought before Grimsby Magistrates' Court in custody wearing a bright red Christmas jumper with a big snowman on it, spelling out "Ho Ho Ho".

Defence solicitor Nick Furman urged that Wilson be given bail, saying: "His mother is making him wear it. You can't send anyone to prison wearing that. It's worse than that. It plays a tune" – meaning that it would plainly not be suitable for Hull Prison.

Deputy district judge Andrew Pascoe admitted that he could not use the Christmas jumper "as a reason for refusing bail". But in the spirit of Christmas, Mr Pascoe allowed Wilson bail until January 13.

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