TV licence dodger quids in after jail stint

Drop Folder News / ATEX News.18/10/10. Pic Kevin Allen.'Scarborough Magistrates Court.'104208a
Drop Folder News / ATEX News.18/10/10. Pic Kevin Allen.'Scarborough Magistrates Court.'104208a
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In Monopoly, you have to pay to get out of prison - but Chantelle Smith was left quids in after her stretch in the slammer.

She was locked up overnight in Scarborough - all because she hadn’t bought a TV licence.

And in court, it seemed she’d dressed almost anticipating her night in the cells - wearing a black and white hooped jumper that resembled a Victorian con’s clothing.

But Thursday’s hearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ heard she’d been slapped with a hefty bill after being convicted in her absence for not possessing a licence.

When asked if she’d attended court that day to be convicted, the Trafalgar Square resident admitted she “couldn’t remember”.

But Magistrates were informed that Smith receives benefits, and if they’d known this, her initial £200 fine would have been a lot less.

As such, the bench decided to “write off” three quarters of that fine - leaving her £150 in the red for her brief stretch.

In mitigation, Smith told the court that she’d “had a lot going on”.

And she felt it was her absent partner’s responsibility to pay the money.

However, she was reminded that she had the conviction and as such , the responsibilty lied with her.

Smith agreed to pay the outstanding money off at £20 a fortnight, which means the balance should be cleared by next April.