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Lag tries to dodge a lengthy sentence by moaning his weight has ballooned in jail

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REMAND prisoner Ben White tried to dodge a lengthy sentence by moaning his weight had ballooned in jail.

White, 34, was locked up last year after knifing a man in the bottom in a fight.

Ben White, 34, was locked up for 15 months during lockdown as he awaited sentence and claimed the lack of exercise saw his weight surge by 7st

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Ben White, 34, was locked up for 15 months during lockdown as he awaited sentence and claimed the lack of exercise saw his weight surge by 7st

He was held in his cell for 23 hours a day for 15 months during lockdown as he awaited sentence and claimed the lack of exercise saw his weight surge by 7st.

But the judge showed little sympathy and said: “Well, at least the prison food has been edible.”

White, of Rotherham, South Yorks, attacked a man with a flick-knife in a street row with two brothers in April last year.

Prosecutor Nadim Bashir told Sheffield crown court: “The argument developed into a scuffle and White produced a knife. There was a chase, the complainant was cornered and stabbed in the ­buttock, causing a 2cm wound that required stitches.”

White admitted wounding and possession of a bladed article, criminal damage, making threats to cause criminal damage and handling stolen goods.

His barrister Joy Merriam highlighted his tough time on remand, adding: “He has gained over 7st in weight.”

Recorder Benjamin Nolan jailed him for 30 months, saying: “There has to be a prison sentence because of the wounding offence.”

But he added that he would be released almost immediately due to the time spent on remand.

The judge said: “I appreciate the last 15 months have brought incredibly difficult conditions for prisoners because of Covid.”

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