A FATHER skipped his court punishment of unpaid work because he did not want to let his child down, Solihull Magistrates Court has heard.
Liam Keeling, of Partridge Close, Chelmsley Wood, had been given a community order by Birmingham Magistrates Court on January 4 for driving while disqualified.
The 27-year-old was told to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work but failed to attend appointments on February 9 and 19, magistrates were told on Monday.
Keeling told the Bench he was currently going through court proceedings for access to his child.
“I have got a four- year-old and I work from Monday to Friday. There are legal proceedings going on and if I let my child down by not attending, they may be affected,” he said.
Keeling, who admitted not attending his appointments, was given an extra 20 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £65 costs.