Teen bandit sentenced to house chores

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:05 PM ET

For admitting his involvement in two robberies, a British teen was sentenced not to prison time but to helping out with chores around the house.

Jamie Froom, 18, committed the robberies in April with two juveniles, U.K. newspaper the Mirror reported, but in passing sentence Tuesday Judge David Ticehurst told Froom that he could avoid jail if he tidied up.

"You can make your bed every day, do the washing up and respect your mum and dad," the Mirror quoted Ticehurst as saying.

Froom, who lives with his parents near Bristol, was also sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid community work and six months of drug rehabilitation, the Mirror reported.

Although his mother was appreciative of the judge's sentence, Froom himself thought it was a bit harsh. "I think he was a bit strict saying I have to tidy my room or go to prison," Froom told the Mirror. "I'm going to try though."


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