A Melksham man who was given a “chance to reflect” during a weekend on remand was fined for failing to attend probation appointments.

Stanley Keen, 27, of Martigny Road, was given a 10 month prison sentence suspended for two years in December last year after he was convicted of aggravated vehicle taking and driving without insurance.

But he admitted breaching that suspended sentence order by failing to attend telephone appointments with his probation officer in May and August.

He had been due to answer that breach allegation last week but, when he failed to show-up, ended up being arrested by the police after Judge Jason Taylor QC issued a warrant. He spent the weekend at Bristol prison on remand.

Fining Keen £200 for the breach and ordering he pay another £200 for failing to attend court, Judge Taylor told him on Monday: “When you came in front of me last week the impression I got was you seem to have an excuse for everything. I hope in the past few days you’ve had a chance to reflect and you now realise this order must be completed.

“If this order is breached again you will come back before me. I won’t hesitate in activating this suspended sentence order and you will spend far longer in custody.”

Andrew Stone appeared for the probation service. Keen was represented by Tony Bignall.