Talented United youngster Ravel Morrison could still be heading to jail, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Morrison, who received two criminal convictions in four months during the first half of 2011, was spared jail in May and received a fine after he admitted causing criminal damage following an arguement with his girlfriend.
However, the MEN reports that the sentence is about to be looked at again. here’s their report:
“An investigation has been launched into the sentencing of a United starlet who was spared jail after his second conviction in four months.
Ravel Morrison was warned in January that he would be locked up for a year if he was convicted of another offence before the end of 2011.
The warning came as he was given a 12-month referral order at Trafford Youth Court for witness intimidation.
But in May, Morrison, 18, escaped with just a fine at Salford magistrates’ court after admitting criminal damage following a bust-up with his girlfriend. Now the sentence is being reviewed after the family of the victim in the first case complained to Tameside youth offending team – which has been handling Morrison’s referral order – and threatened to apply for a judicial review.
It is understood Salford magistrates are considering bringing Morrison back before the court to face new sentencing.
The M.E.N. has been shown a copy of a letter sent to the family by Jim Taylor, the boss of Tameside’s youth offending team.
He explains that the matter is being investigated and the authority has written to Salford magistrates. And he reveals that by fining Morrison, the court caused the referral order to be automatically cancelled.
He wrote: “It would appear from subsequent investigation that the act of imposing a fine has the effect of automatically revoking the referral order, something that the sentencing court would appear to have overlooked. As a result of this I have contacted Salford magistrates’ court and they are looking into the matter. One possibility is that they can re-open the criminal damage case and re-sentence also taking into account the offence for which Ravel received the referral order.”
District judge Jonathan Feinstein fined Morrison £600 and ordered him to pay £100 costs when he pleaded guilty to criminal damage at Salford magistrates on May 25. He had been accused of throwing his girlfriend’s £150 mobile phone out of a window after a row.
He told the M.E.N: “It is not appropriate for me to comment and the case will be reviewed in court.” A Tameside council spokesman said: “The decision to revoke the referral order was not taken by Tameside council, it was taken by Salford magistrates court. As a resutt of this, the council has written to the court expressing its concern that the decision to revoke the order will cause distress for the family of the victim.
“The council is waiting to hear the outcome of the court’s decision regarding this case.”