Plymouth troublemaker has been hauled back to court

A forgetful trouble-maker has been hauled back to court for failing to charge a GPS tag which allows police to keep tabs on him.

Infamous boy racer Jack Pester-Johns, aged 20, was spared jail last year for robbing a taxi driver and mugging a sex worker.

The tag was one of the measures designed to keep him out of trouble as part of a community order.

But Pester-Johns was summoned back to Plymouth Crown Court to admit breaching it.

Nick Lewin, for the National Probation Service, said that the electronic tag had stopped working for hours at a time on five occasions.

He added that it prompted fears about what Pester-Johns was doing.

GPS tags are a relatively recent innovation to allow police to track offenders – which could put them at the scene of any crime.

Stephen Nunn, for the defendant, said that he had simply forgotten to charge the device.

Jack Andrew Pester-Johns of Whitleigh
Jack Pester-Johns at one of his many earlier court appearances
(Image: Penny Cross)

He said that Pester-Johns had been working in a restaurant, gone home tired and fallen asleep.

Mr Nunn said his client had even been given a second charger.

But the solicitor added that on the whole Pester-Johns was doing well on the order.

Judge James Townsend fined him £100 for the breaches.

He told the defendant: “You must keep the tag charged or you will be back for further breaches. If you are not co-operating, it will be time to go back inside.”

Pester-Johns, of Lancaster Gardens in Whitleigh, was handed a tough community order in November.

The court heard then he grabbed cash and a phone from the cabbie 18 months after he snatched the woman’s handbag from the back of a moped.

The pill-popping prolific offender threatened to pull a “Rambo” knife on the driver – though no weapon was produced.

He also tried to steal cash from a second taxi driver that same night as police waited to arrest him at his home.

Notorious Pester-Johns has been caused trouble in Whitleigh for years, often on the bike of a motorbike.

But Judge Townsend heard that he had already served 16 months on remand and on curfew – the equivalent of a 32-month prison sentence.

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