Man pleads to be put in jail

PUBLISHED: 12:01 30 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 25 May 2010

A BURGLARY suspect pleaded to be locked up in jail after suffering two attacks at a bail hostel where he was staying.

A BURGLARY suspect pleaded to be locked up in jail after suffering two attacks at a bail hostel where he was staying.

Desperate Martin Hill visited Weston police station to breach his bail conditions and return into custody this week.

The 35-year-old, of no fixed abode, had been told not to enter the town, where he is alleged to have committed aggravated burglary.

On Tuesday he appeared at North Somerset Courthouse in St George charged with breaching bail conditions.

His solicitor St.John Napier said: "This is an unusual situation where the defendant is requesting to be remanded into custody.

"For Mr Hill tells me life in prison is far more preferable to the hostel environment, and that is why he breached his bail, to appear here today.

"He was assaulted twice in the hostel and had to spend two days in hospital recovering from one of the incidents.

"He also received extremely serious threats and was robbed."

Hill was sent to the hostel, in Berwick Road in Easton, Bristol, after appearing at Bristol Crown Court for aggravated burglary.

He pleaded not guilty and was given bail until the trial date under the condition he did not visit Weston, where the victim and witnesses live.

Prosecuting Sue Thomas said: "We know Mr Hill told his mother he wanted to go back to prison, and that is why he wanted to go to Weston.

"Because of the nature and seriousness of the alleged offence, the crown asks he is remanded in custody."

The case adds weight to criticism of ClearSprings management of the UK's 204 bail hostels, following the death of a resident at one centre in Teeside last summer.

The National Association of Probation Officers called for the company's contract to be terminated after failings were found in the supervision of tenants.

A bail hostel off Monkton Avenue in Weston was closed in December following complaints from the community.

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