A father stole £300 worth of goods from Sainsbury’s but when a security guard tried to stop him he brandished a knife and said: ‘I need this – I owe people money”. He also carried out another theft at a supermarket.
A sentencing hearing at Newport Crown Court heard the defendant carried out a second theft on November 2 at Sainsbury’s in Newport. He was seen leaving the store with a trolley containing six bottles of Baileys, batteries, meat, and underwear worth a total of £300.
He was challenged by a security guard but was seen carrying a carving knife which he waved three times. He said to the guard: “You don’t know what I am going through. I need this – I owe people money.”
The defendant was arrested on November 4 after he handed himself in at the police station. He told an officer: “My knife’s gone – my mate’s put it in the river for me.”
Dalton, of Caerau Road, Newport, later pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from a shop, possession of a knife, and using threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour. The court heard he was in breach of a suspended sentence order after he was convicted of battery, possession of cocaine, a public order offence, and possession of an offensive weapon.
In mitigation defence barrister Sol Hartley said his client had “no recollection” of the offences but entered guilty pleas at the first opportunity. He said the defendant had been having a difficult period with his mental health in which drugs played a part. The court was told his on-off partner had died and his children are living with his sister while he is in custody.
Sentencing, Recorder David Elias KC said: “The offence was committed when vulnerable people were present including members of staff.” He sentenced Dalton to a total of 24 months imprisonment of which he will serve half in custody and the remainder on licence.
Source – Wales Online