Bradley Grimes, an autistic homeless man begged the judge to be sent to prison. He even arrived at the court a day earlier.
Since at the age of seven, the autistic homeless man lived in care homes and spent the past six months sleeping rough in shop doorways in Middlesbrough.
The 23-year-old’s social worker told Teesside Crown Court that ‘at least in prison he will wake up on his birthday somewhere warm’.
According to the Gazette Live, the homeless man was in court to answer to breaking a four-month suspended jail sentence for a knife offence and two ASBO breaches.
The court also heard how he had a brain tumour ‘brought on by years of neglect’.
Bradley Grimes arrived a day early with all his belongings at Teesside Crown Court
At the time of the publication, further details to clarify how the tumour developed were not available from the court.
A court liaison probation officer told Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC that they have been trying their ‘best’ to help Grimes.
The judge said he would take a personal interest in Grimes, while acknowledging that if he gave him a short sentence he will back on the streets as before.
Aisha Wadoodi, defendant, told the judge how Grimes had asked for his suspended sentence to be activated so he could be sent to prison.
She said: ‘The only reason he is asking for that is that he finds himself in an impossible situation in that he has no home. ‘He has been in care homes since he’s was seven and he has fallen through the care system.’
His case was adjourned until October 9, leaving him in police custody for his birthday, which is today.