Suspended prison terms handed down by magistrates

Court news.
Court news.

A Skegness man, who twice stole from supermarkets, was in breach of a conditional discharge and a community order, a court has been told.

Paul Anthony Ellis, 28, of Lancaster Avenue, admitted stealing cooked meats from the Co-op in Burgh le Marsh on April 20 and detergents from Mace in Roman Bank, Skegness, on April 28, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

The court was told that he was in breach of a conditional discharge imposed in November as well as a community order imposed in February.

It was said that he had sold the items to buy heroin and alcohol.

In mitigation, Gary Farmer said that Ellis was taking prescribed methadone as an antidote for heroin but he had to collect it from the pharmacy every day and on these days he had arrived too late and the pharmacy had been closed, so he stole these items to pay for drugs.

Barbara Newman, for the probation service, said Ellis seemed to be doing well on the two community orders he was on and suggested magistrates might consider a deferred sentence to see how he progressed.

However, last Tuesday the magistrates said that Ellis had a poor history of offending and imposed four weeks’ imprisonment suspended for nine months for the thefts and an additional four weeks’ imprisonment suspended for nine months, to run consecutively, for breaching the conditional discharge.

He was also ordered to pay £66 in compensation.