Former Ramsgate and Deal Town goalkeeper Danny Twyman
Former Ramsgate FC and Deal Town goalkeeper Danny Twyman has received his second ‘yellow card’ for the falling foul of the law but still avoided going off - to prison.
The 33-year-old was given a chance after being nabbed for stealing £10,000 worth of power tools from his bosses.
He received a suspended sentence and ordered to do 300 hours of work for the community when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court and admitted four charges.
Now a judge has been told that Twyman, of Queen Bertha Road, Ramsgate, didn’t show up for three meetings with probation officers and hasn’t done a single hour of unpaid work.
But instead of having to serve the 12 months, the scaffolder has been ordered to face just two months of partial home arrest for the admitted breaches.
Judge Nigel Van Der Bijl said he “suspected” the ex-footballer hadn’t realised the “importance of the sentence”.
He added: “I can see you have had difficulties in the raising of your child, so I am going to impose a two-month curfew from 9pm to 4am.”
Twyman replied: “That’s fine because I leave for work at 6am. I really appreciate that. What’s happened is that in the last two years my life has fallen apart. Everything had been sorted until then.”
Judge Van Der Bijl; added: “Well it sounds as if you might be getting your life back.”
Prosecutor Kieran Brand said that after the court hearing in August Twyman was told to report to probation offices to be inducted into the scheme, but failed to show three times.
Twyman’s barrister Andrew Craske said he had sole care of his six-year-old after the child’s mother had been jailed and then lost his job as a scaffolder.
At the time he was living in a £160-a-week hotel but couldn’t afford to pay the rent and had to rely on friends to give him a roof over his head.
Twyman, who was remanded in custody for a week for failing to turn up for his court case, has now been offered his scaffolding job back.
At the earlier case, the judge was told that a soccer injury had resulted in him losing his job with an engineering company, and left him homeless and looking after the child.
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.