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Shoplifter mocks court after sentencing

'I'm going robbing now,' thief tells magistrates

John Garvey


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A CONVICTED shoplifter mocked magistrates when they fined him, telling them: “I don’t care. I’m going out robbing now.”

In the dock at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, March 9, was Aaron William Wallin of Ewing Way, Newbury.

Anne Sawyer-Brandish, prosecuting, said officers arrested the 23-year-old after he walked from a Poundstretcher store without paying for the goods.

He admitted stealing household items together worth £10.98 in Newbury on December 23 last year.

He further admitted breaching a conditional discharge imposed for a public order offence in which he abused a customer of the Snooty Fox pub in Newbury and told them he had a knife.

He also has other previous convictions.

Mike Davis, defending, said: “It was a couple of days before Christmas and this was a misguided attempt to get his mother a present.

“I accept he doesn’t come out of this well on any viewing.

“However, he did co-operate fully with the officers and has pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.”

Magistrates revoked the conditional discharge and fined Mr Wallin a total of £100.

In addition he was ordered to pay £85 costs plus a statutory victim services surcharge of £30.

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  • rooter

    23/03/2017 - 17:05

    The army do not want or need people like this!!! Would be a complete drain of resources.


  • Racegoer

    23/03/2017 - 16:04

    Everyone should be allowed one chance after a minor criminal act, but this person is a serial criminal and will continue to be so for the rest of his life if continually given light sentences. Prisons are full, so perhaps military service for a minimum of one year would be a good option. Good for society and good for the criminal.


    • NewburyLad

      23/03/2017 - 18:06

      Three strikes and you're out. Should apply to everything.


  • Louise


    23/03/2017 - 15:03

    Previous criminality involves violent attack on lady jogger; no jail time then either.


  • paulGT11

    23/03/2017 - 12:12

    It is too late to do anything this time, but I hope this is remembered when he is caught next time and sent down for as long as possible under the law or given National Service in the army. I know we don't do that now, but perhaps we should for these people.


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