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Ex-Ramsgate keeper Danny Twyman sent to prison

18 March 2014
by Paul Hooper

Former Ramsgate FC goalkeeper Danny Twyman has been handed a "red card" for dissent by a judge.

The 33-year-old had escaped going to jail last year for stealing £10,000 worth of tools.

Instead he was allowed to keep his freedom on condition he perform 300 hours of unpaid work for the community...and remain at home during a night-time curfew.

Former Ramsgate and Deal Town goalkeeper Danny Twyman

Former Ramsgate and Deal Town goalkeeper Danny Twyman



But Canterbury Crown Court has heard he stayed out all night..and has done just 15 of the hours.

Now all of Twyman's keeping skills couldn't save him from serving 10 months of the year long  suspended sentence after he admitted the breaches.

Judge Adele Williams told him: "You were given a considerable opportunity by not receiving an immediate custodial sentence.

"You threw away that opportunity by not complying with the order which shows arrogance and disdain for the order, in my judgement."

At a hearing in September, the court heard how a soccer injury had resulted in him losing his job with an engineering company - and left him homeless and looking after a six-year-old child.

Judge Adele Williams at Canterbury Crown Court

Judge Adele Williams at Canterbury Crown Court



The court heard that he had been too proud to ask for help and resorted to hiring power tools and then selling them to raise cash.

Prosecuting barrister Alison Pryor said: "He had been employed by Skills England through a company called ALS Civil Engineers as a supervisor. Skills England work with young people and helps put them on apprenticeships.

"At the time he was overseeing a project of renovating the club house at Ramsgate FC where he was a player."

"You were given a considerable opportunity by not receiving an immediate custodial sentence. You threw away that opportunity by not complying with the order which shows arrogance and disdain for the order" - Judge Adele Williams

The prosecutor said Twyman had been given the authority to hire power tools - but in January it was discovered that items had not been returned to the hire company.

He initially claimed he had returned the items but by February more bills arrived which revealed he had had used the company to hire more tools, signing the forms A Johnson.

Ms Pryor added that he was asked to attend a meeting with ALS bosses but on the way to the showdown, when he realised the game was up - he had "made off".

She said that more invoices then arrived from two other companies - amounting to a total of £10,000 for equipment which has never been recovered.

Matthew Griffiths, defending Twyman who has recently moved from Grange Road, Ramsgate to Ethelbert Road, Margate, said: "At the time he had sole care of his child and was struggling financially and needed money.."

The judge retorted: "What £10,000 worth?"

 

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