‘Send me to jail’, dying man begs judge

Calderdale Magistrates Court.
Calderdale Magistrates Court.

A terminally ill man thanked the chairman of magistrates who jailed him for eight weeks for smashing windows at Bradford Crown Court.

Derek Joinson, 56, of Spring Road, Keighley, appeared at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court today (Monday) and pleaded guilty to breaking two windows, estimated to the value of £500, at Bradford Crown Court on September 21.

The court heard that Joinson had intended to cause the damage to the building. He handed himself in and asked to be jailed during his police interview.

Joinson, who has chronic renal failure and angina, stated that he only gets £50 a week in benefits and urged the court to send him to Armley Prison so he could get three meals a day and a plasma television.

Shiraz Hussain, defending, said: “It is a sad state of affairs that Mr Joinson finds himself in. He has asked for a custodial sentence and he isn’t willing to comply with a community order.”

Robin Kempster, chairman of magistrates, said that Joinson had left them with “very few options” and that a custodial sentence was the only alternative.