Judge lambasts prolific offender: ‘You’re a liability’

Court news.
Court news.

A man with 55 convictions for dishonesty, has been told he is a ‘liability’ after again finding himself in trouble.

Sam Vesty, 37, now of no fixed address, admitted a total of four shoplifting offences and one of possessing a knife, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

The court was told that on June 24, he was seen on CCTV, which was monitoring him because he was a well-known shoplifter, and when he was stopped and searched was found to have a number of jumpers still with their security tags on them, as well a kitchen knife.

On July 18, he was said to have gone into B&Q in Wainfleet Road, Skegness, and stolen a window cleaning kit and hose, put it into a bag and covered it with a coat. He was stopped by security 
staff.

On July 19, he stole meat products from Tesco in Skegness and was again stopped by staff.

On July 25, he went into Peacocks in Lumley Road, Skegness, and stole shirts.

District Judge John Stobart told him he was now becoming ‘more than a nuisance, you’re a 
liability’.

Last Tuesday, he imposed a 16 week prison sentence suspended for a year, with supervision and a drug rehabilitation requirement and also to attend an 
education and employment course.

He was also ordered to pay £48 in compensation and £85 in costs.