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Newbury shoplifter gets second suspended sentence

Magistrates declined to activate the first

John Garvey

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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