Sunday, 19 April 2015

Eviction threat as rioter sentenced to 11 months

The mother of a convicted rioter will have to plead her case against eviction after her son was sentenced to 11 months in a young offender’s institute.

Daniel Sartain-Clarke, 18, admitted burglary after he was found in the stock-room of a Curry’s electrical shop during the peak of last summer’s disturbances.

Passing sentence at Inner London Crown Court today, Judge Ian Darling praised him as an ‘exceptional young man’ who is a committed Christian and aid worker.

He said: ‘Perhaps of all the cases I have seen arising from this action, yours is the most tragic.’

Mr Sartain-Clarke hit the headlines last year when Wandsworth Council issued his mother, Maite de la Calva, with a Notice Seeking Possession before the teen was convicted.

The authority said his actions breached the tenancy agreement his mother signed and meant he, his mother and 8-year-old sister could be evicted from their home.

A spokesman said today: ‘We note the sentence handed down this afternoon by the judge following the admission from Mr Sartain-Clarke of his involvement in the looting of local shops that occurred during August’s violent disturbances. 

‘His actions that night were a clear and unequivocal breach of our tenancy conditions and as a result we will now be moving on to the next stage of the legal process.’

Tony Belton, a Labour councillor in Wandsworth, said the council was likely to proceed with eviction.

He said: ‘I have been completely against this right from the beginning. Given their stance, the council will proceed with eviction. Whether the county court judge will let it go through is another matter.

‘How you can evict someone who isn’t involved at all I can’t comprehend.’

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