Smoking break sees man in dock

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A failed asylum seeker broke a court order by smoking outside and being late back from work.

Mohammed Turki, 32, of Foxhall Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to breaching his curfew.

His brother is now sending him £300 a month from Libya to support him

Blackpool Magistrates said the curfew order should continue and imposed no other penalty. The judge was told Turki had been put on a curfew order between 10pm and 8am for an offence of theft. Charmain Moulds, prosecuting for the probation service, said Turki had been absent during the curfew on 27 occasions between May 10 and and June 6.

Steven Townley, defending, said Turki had breached his curfew by being a few minutes late back on a number of occasions from his work as a chef’s assistant at an Italian restaurant in Poulton.

He also set off the equipment monitoring his curfew when he stepped outside for a cigarette as his flat-mate did not let him smoke inside. Turki’s job at the restaurant had now finished.

Mr Townley added: “His brother is now sending him £300 a month from Libya to support him.”