Homeless man jailed for 20 weeks for sitting on the pavement ‘without a reasonable excuse’

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Haydon Mark Baker admitted sitting on the ground, for which he is banned (Police handout)

A homeless man with a history of mental health issues has been jailed for 20 weeks for sitting on the ground for no good reason.

Haydon Mark Baker was already banned from sitting on the ground under a Criminal Behaviour Order but admitted to doing so outside a branch of Greggs on April 28, tReds on May 2 and McDonald’s on May 5, all in Somerset.

The 33-year-old was staying at a homeless hostel at the time and it was determined that he was sitting on the pavement “without reasonable excuse”.

Baker was jailed for 20 weeks at Taunton Magistrates' Court (Google)

Baker, who was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge, was sentenced at Taunton Magistrates’ Court last week.

He has previously been convicted for breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order, possession of the drug Spice and assaulting a court security officer.

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A rough sleeper in Taunton added to the Somerset County Gazette: "He's got mental health issues and needs help.

"It's crazy locking him up for that. It's no good to keep sending him to prison - it's not like he's running into shops and nicking stuff."

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