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Newbury shoplifter gets second suspended sentence

Magistrates declined to activate the first

John Garvey


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A NEWBURY man has been given a second, suspended prison sentence for shoplifting and other offences.

Lee Alan Abery, aged 29, of Skyllings, was already subject to a suspended jail term when he was convicted of stealing meat worth £44.60 from Marks and Spencer in Northbrook Street, Newbury, on July 19.

He was further convicted of obstructing or resisting a police officer in Victoria Park, Newbury, on the same date and of committing further offences while subject to a suspended sentence order.

However, Reading magistrates decided not to activate the sentence when sentencing him on August 22.

Instead they imposed another suspended prison sentence – this time one of four months’ imprisonment, suspended for six months.

In addition Mr Abery was ordered to pay £44.60 compensation with £85 costs plus a statutory surcharge of £115.

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  • gumby

    11/09/2016 - 11:11

    Not really that controversial, a suspended sentence I would have thought is to give extra motivation to behave, having it activated for something you did before you got the suspended sentence would hardly make sense.


  • Zeospike

    11/09/2016 - 09:09

    Because it's more complicated than that Tommy. Prison is really expensive on us the tax payers, and the on-going costs after release are massive as well as most employers won't touch ex-cons. Personally I shoplift as much as I want which is zero. I suspect Mr Abery's reasons for shoplifting are deeper than being work shy and the reason for not locking him up are deeper than the courts being soft.


    • redhead

      11/09/2016 - 10:10

      sorry, he is work shy and just loves sticking his fingers up at the law. a lot of the family do


      • redhead

        11/09/2016 - 10:10

        my bad, misread the surname. apologies


  • Tommy

    11/09/2016 - 08:08

    Easy life isn't it, why do any of us bother to work & pay our way when the law is so soft & lenient !!