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Two suspended prison terms - but shoplifter still avoids jail

Magistrates defer sentence to give thief another chance

John Garvey

John Garvey


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A PROLIFIC thief defied a suspended prison sentence to go on yet another shoplifting jaunt.

After years of sleeping rough, Martyn David Rose finally has a roof over his head and a regular, legal supply of the heroin substitute drug, methadone, Reading magistrates heard on Thursday, October 27.

But, in the words of his defence solicitor, Stephen Collins, “he threw it all up in the air” by raiding Marks and Spencer in Newbury.

The 42-year-old, of Station Road, Newbury, admitted stealing an unknown quantity of meat from the store on August 6.

Clare Barclay, prosecuting, said: “His list of previous convictions can best be described as prolific.

“There is a huge amount of them.”

Mr Collins said that his client had, not one, but two, suspended jail sentences hanging over him.

He conceded: “To give him a third would be ridiculous.”

But he nevertheless pleaded with the court not to send Mr Rose to prison.

Mr Collins said: “He is fearful that, if he goes back to prison, he will lose his accommodation and will end up spending Christmas living in a tent again.”

A probation officer said Mr Rose had not been engaging well enough with the substance misuse organisation, Swanswell, for a drug rehabilitation requirement order to be practical.

She added: “He already has two suspended prison sentences so I’m loath to recommend a third.

“But it would be a shame for him to lose his accommodation, if he’s sent to prison, and to have to re-start the prescription process when he gets out.”

After retiring to confer, magistrates agreed not to send Mr Rose to prison.

Instead they adjourned the case and released Mr Rose on bail.

He was told that the matter would be reviewed in three months and that he could expect a non-custodial sentence provided he committed no new offences in the meantime.

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  • grumpy

    14/11/2016 - 11:11

    What's the point of imposing suspended sentences, then not activating them ? :-(