Cornish pasty thief jailed
A MAN who stole two Cornish pasties worth less than �2 has been sent to prison after breaching a suspended sentence.Clayton Harman, of Bells Road, Gorleston, was jailed for 120 days after he admitted the theft from Budgens store in Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, at Norwich Magistrates' Court last Thursday.
A MAN who stole two Cornish pasties worth less than �2 has been sent to prison after breaching a suspended sentence.
Clayton Harman, of Bells Road, Gorleston, was jailed for 120 days after he admitted the theft from Budgens store in Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, at Norwich Magistrates' Court last Thursday.
The 24-year-old committed the crime last Tuesday, a month after he was handed a suspended sentence, so that he could spend his money on alcohol, the court heard.
Phil Charnley, prosecuting, said: “He was caught putting the pasties into a bag on his shoulder. He had had a bit to drink but was not drunk. At first he said he was going to pay for them but then admitted he had money on him but wanted to save the money to buy more drink.”
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Mitigating James Burrows said: “He has had severe alcohol problems for the last few years. He was in foster care from the age of six to 14 and was abused while in the foster care system.
“His dad died and he has had no contact with his mother since the age of five and he turned to alcohol as a way of coping.”
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Harman was sent to prison after committing the offence so soon after being given a suspended sentence and was warned to tackle his problems.
District Judge Phillip Browning said: “I don't where this is going to finish or where you are going to finish if you don't do something about the alcohol problems.
“Everyone has bent over backwards to help you and every time you have given in. Unless you do something, you are going to be sent to prison time and time again.”