Shoplifter in breach of orders

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A SHOPLIFTER who failed to turn up to complete a punishment of unpaid work has been jailed for 12 weeks.

Nathan Davies, of Beltring Terrace, appeared at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday after breaching two community orders and for theft matters. The court heard the 30-year-old stole items from Menkind in Eastbourne and was spotted on CCTV.

Two days later the defendant was seen by a police officer with a tent and said his girlfriend had bought it for Milletts.

But staff at the store said they had not sold such an item.

Davies, who also failed to turn up to appointments directed by a previous court hearing, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and admitted breaching two community orders.

Defending, Anthony Waller asked magistrates to defer sentence, adding, “He is making steps to turn his life around after a long record of someone who struggled with addiction to heroin.”

He added his client had felt shunned when carrying out unpaid work because no-one else on the team had drug problems.

For the breaches Davies was sentenced to six weeks in prison on each offence to run consecutively. He was given two weeks in jail for the theft offences to run concurrently.

Davies was told it was possible he may serve half the sentence. No costs were made and the community orders revoked.