Tag sentence was bizarre’

A 21-year-old Haddenham man removed his electronic tagging device after it woke his household in the early hours of the morning. And Ely magistrates have now agreed that Kevin Bogunovic can abandon the system, and instead carry out 100 hours of unpaid com

A 21-year-old Haddenham man removed his electronic tagging device after it woke his household in the early hours of the morning.

And Ely magistrates have now agreed that Kevin Bogunovic can abandon the system, and instead carry out 100 hours of unpaid community work.

Bogunovic, of West End, was made the subject of a six-month curfew order by Cambridge magistrates on October 23, for an offence of failing to provide a specimen of breath.

"This was a bizarre sentence," his solicitor Jacqui Baldwin complained to Ely magistrates. "It is one I would have appealed against."


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She said Bogunovic, who has a history of mental health problems, could not cope with the tagging order, and the curfew order was not appropriate for him.

Bogunovic admitted removing the tag on November 18, failing to allow access to his home on the same date for a tagging officer to investigate the electronic equipment, and asking for the equipment to be removed on November 20.

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Miss Baldwin said Bogunovic had believed the equipment was faulty; he had received calls in the early hours of the morning that woke his family.

"He felt frustrated, he lost his rag and tampered with the tag," she said. "He asked for it to be removed because he could not cope. It was necessary for him to be able to leave the house when he needed to.

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