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Ken Doll astonished as he's jailed over 'lack of respect' for the law

A man who is known as Ken Doll is set to spend some time behind bars after repeatedly refusing to comply with court orders and showing a lack of respect for the law.

The aspiring reality TV star, with real name Jimmy Featherstone, appeared in court on November 15, charged with failing to comply with the requirements of a community order.

Featherstone, aged 22, has been bound by two court orders made in relation to matters heard in Hull Magistrates' Court in May 2020 and in April this year, Hull Live reports.

His failure to comply with both orders finally caught up with him on November 15 and he was sentenced to time in custody for his disrespect for the courts.

Jimmy, attending Hull Fair this year, is a well known character in the city (Hull Live)

Featherstone is best known across Hull as a tanning addict and aspiring TV personality who claimed to have spent £10,000 a year on his plastic surgery obsession.

He appeared in court in a mustard tweed pattern jacket with a brown leather style trim, ripped blue jeans, red shoes and red driving gloves.

He was clearly not expecting to be landed with a custodial sentence as he brought his shopping along with him to the court, carrying a H&M bag which he had to leave outside before his appearance before the district judge.

The court heard that Featherstone had repeatedly breached his community order having been offered 15 office appointments by the probation service, only attending six.

The probation service accepted four reasons for absence as legitimate, leaving five occasions where he had not attended and there was not acceptable reason for his absence.

Featherstone still had 20 days of uncompleted rehabilitation work when he came before the court on Monday accused of non-compliance with the community order.

The court was told he had spoken to his designated offender manager in an 'unacceptable way' when he was questioned about his most recent absence at the start of this month.

Defence solicitor Mr Vining told the court in mitigation that Featherstone had told him he had difficulty remembering appointments and had bought himself a diary to assist with those problems.

District Judge Passfield questioned the mitigation, asking Mr Vining: "I would assume that he has a phone, does he not have one with a calendar?"

Featherstone accepted the charge of breaching the latest court order and Mr Vining spoke in mitigation for him. He said: "Over the last year he has come to terms with the feeling that he was used by the victim [the subject of the first court order in 2020].

"It is that which has caused him problems in the past, the previous breach was in relation to the curfew imposed after that case and he said the equipment not working properly had been a problem from the start.

"He does now accept that he had breached that curfew on occasions and is remorseful for his actions.

"He is intending to pursue a career in reality TV and says that he would be in a position to pay a financial penalty if the court was minded that would be sufficient.

"He is absolutely terrified by the prospect of a prison sentence and feels that his appearance would leave him vulnerable while he is in custody.

"He tells me that he has been the victim of attacks in public in and around Hull city centre just for the way that he looks and with homophobic undertones."

Despite the mitigation presented to the court, District Judge Passfield deemed that Featherstone had shown a lack of respect for the authority of the courts and that his repeated offending was worthy of a custodial sentence.

She said: "Mr Featherstone, it is abundantly clear to me that you do not feel bound to the orders made by this court.

The 22-year-old who 'spent thousands' on Beverley Races, has treated Hull Fair much the same - even planning his outfits months in advance (Jimmy Featherstone)

"You have shown a complete lack of respect after you were given a conditional discharge in May 2020 which you have continued to breach on multiple occasions.

"You were then given a community order in April 2021 by this same court, you went on to breach that order again this year.

"Revisiting your sentencing, I am today giving you an eight week custodial sentence for both offences, you will serve these concurrently and will spend eight weeks in prison in total."

Featherstone appeared stunned by his sentencing, Mr Vining leaning in to tell him he was going to prison when staff entered the room with cuffs.

He stood in shock as he was detained and taken away for transportation to custody. A point of contention was his shopping, which had been stowed outside the courtroom in the expectation that he would be collecting it on his way out.

Just hours before his appearance in court he had posted a picture of a gin and tonic to Instagram with a musical caption of Van Morrison's 'Days Like This'.

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