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Armagh man ordered by judge to ‘do what you’re told, when you’re told’

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An Armagh man who failed to complete a community service order after nearly a year told by Judge to “do what you’re told, when you’re told”.

James McGeown, 22, of Thomas Street, appeared before Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday charged with breaching his community service order.

The defendant was ordered to complete 80 hours of community service for a drugs offence in March of last year.

Court heard that in the following year McGeown turned up for just 14 and a half hours at a local charity shop.

Defence counsel told the court that the defendant was a part-time Turkish barber and had initially missed his community service due to illness.

After that he missed it as his employment had moved to Newry

District Judge Paul Copeland ordered McGeown to re-engage with his community service, stating “if you are standing before me on the 27th of March without the work done you will be spending your summer in jail”.

He added: “You do what you’re told when you’re told, you hear me?”.

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