Thief hurled abuse in city restau­rant

Cam­plin flicked a piece of steak at as­sis­tant man­ager RUSE TO MAKE OFF WITH­OUT PAY­ING BILL

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - SUZY GIB­SON hinck­ley­times@reach­plc.com

A PRO­LIFIC thief dined in style be­fore hurl­ing abuse at the restau­rant’s as­sis­tant man­ager and flick­ing a piece of steak at him, a court heard.

Samuel Cam­plin, with a male ac­com­plice, or­dered ex­pen­sive steak dishes and cock­tails at the city cen­tre restau­rant.

But he then started to cause a scene and be­came abu­sive to staff.

It was a ruse to make off with­out pay­ing the £117 bill, Le­ices­ter Crown Court was told.

Cam­plin (27) was sen­tenced for an ar­ray of of­fences, in­clud­ing his “spe­cial­ity” crime of steal­ing bi­cy­cles, mainly in the Hinck­ley area.

The de­fen­dant, who has 92 of­fences on his crim­i­nal record, was jailed for a to­tal of 15 months.

Recorder Sam Mainds said: “He’s had nu­mer­ous court ap­pear­ances for a cock­tail of of­fences.

“He’s shown a com­plete dis­re­gard to any ad­her­ence of hon­esty or com­ply- ing with any of the re­stric­tions or reg­u­la­tions that in­volve us­ing the roads.

“Time and again he’s been given op­por­tu­ni­ties, with court or­ders and drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

“His record in­cludes bat­tery, com­mon as­sault and shoplift­ing. Thiev­ing bi­cy­cles seems to be his spe­cial­ity.”

Pass­ing sen­tence, the recorder told Cam­plin: “I have to deal with you for nu­mer­ous thefts of ex­pen­sive push bikes car­ried out in a semi-pro­fes­sional way, us­ing bolt crop­pers.

“The of­fences show you’re a per­son with to­tal dis­re­gard for other peo­ple’s prop­erty and were out to make money for your­self by steal­ing bi­cy­cles.

“The pub­lic or­der of­fence in the restau­rant was a nasty of­fence in front of other peo­ple.

“You hurled steak at the man­ager and made abu­sive com­ments.” Phillip Plant, pros­e­cut­ing, said the steak throw­ing in­ci­dent hap­pened at Bill’s restau­rant, in Shires Lane, Highcross, Le­ices­ter, on Au­gust 4, for which Cam­plin was charged with an of­fence of ha­rass­ment, caus­ing alarm or dis- tress.

Mr Plant said: “The de­fen­dant and an­other male or­dered high value items of steaks and cock­tails and to­wards the end of the evening the as­sis­tant man­ager asked if ev­ery­thing was all right.

“Cam­plin be­came of­fen­sive and made deroga­tory re­marks.

Mr Plant said: “He waved a knife with steak on it close to the as­sis­tant man­ager. He then flicked steak at him.”

Cam­plin, of Alexan­der Gar­dens, Hinck­ley, pleaded guilty to the fol­low­ing of­fences:

Steal­ing a £500 bi­cy­cle in Bar­well Lane, Hinck­ley, on Fe­bru­ary 25.

Shoplift­ing £100 of items from a Wilko’s store in Hinck­ley.

Mak­ing off with­out pay­ing for a £14.50 taxi fare, on June 2.

Steal­ing two bi­cy­cles, one worth £115 and the other worth £500, from out­side Hinck­ley leisure cen­tre, on April 11 and July 23.

Driv­ing a Ford Fi­esta in Stoney Stan­ton when dis­qual­i­fied, hav­ing no in­sur­ance and no MOT cer­tifi­cate, in April.

Breach­ing a pre­vi­ously im­posed com­mu­nity or­der, for four bi­cy­cle thefts and a shoplift­ing, for which he was re-sen­tenced.

Sarah Cor­nish, mit­i­gat­ing, said Cam­plin had a dif­fi­cult start to life after be­ing brought up in care from the age of 11.

She said: “There was a fam­ily back­ground of drug abuse and no guid­ance. He’s lived a very chaotic life­style.

“His part­ner re­cently gave birth to their child.

“He’s now clean of drugs, has pro­vided neg­a­tive tests and his ADHD (at­ten­tion deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der) is be­ing ap­pro­pri­ately med­i­cated.”

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