Po­lice dog bite is ‘jus­tice for pro­lific thief’


ACA­REER crim­i­nal re­ceived ‘sum­mary jus­tice’ when a po­lice dog sank its teeth into his arm, a court heard.

Terence Mark Tim­per­ley, 39, was wanted by po­lice for a string of thefts across Prest­bury, Wilm­slow and Knutsford be­tween De­cem­ber 20 and Jan­uary 16.

But be­fore he could hand him­self in, Tim­per­ley was snared by a po­lice dog, mag­is­trates were told

e dog bite left him with nasty punc­ture wounds which hos­pi­talised him for two days, the court heard.

Tim­per­ley, of Beck­ton Gar­dens, Manch­ester, ad­mit­ted the five charges of theft and mak­ing off with­out pay­ing for fuel.

His solic­i­tor ar­gued that the in­juries from the po­lice dog amounted to ‘sum­mary jus­tice’.

But mag­is­trates dis­agreed and jailed him for 18 weeks.

The court heard that Tim­per­ley’s crime spree started on De­cem­ber 20 where he stole al­co­hol worth £105.98 from the Co- op in Knutsford. He then hit the Co- op in Prest­bury twice steal­ing meat worth £150 on De­cem­ber 27 and meat worth £105 on Jan­uary 6. On Jan­uary 12 Tim­per­ley stole fuel worth £67.78 from Tesco in Wilm­slow be­fore head­ing to the Tesco Ex­press in Wilm­slow on Jan­uary 13 to steal meat worth £59.50. He then re­turned to Prest- bury’sCo-op to steal meat, al­co­hol and ra­zor blades worth £187.96.

Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said on each oc­ca­sion Tim­per­ley was caught on CCTV.

Simon Har­ri­son, de­fend­ing, said: “Mr Tim­per­ley was in cus­tody un­til De­cem­ber and found him­self home­less and un­able to sup­port him­self. He had fallen back into of­fend­ing. There was lit­tle or no plan­ning or so­phis­ti­ca­tion. The op­por­tunism is a com­mon theme of his of­fend­ing.

“He had ar­ranged to go into the po­lice sta­tion in re­la­tion to th­ese of­fences but po­lice saw him the day be­fore and re­leased the

‘Sum­mary jus­tice has al­ready been dis­pensed with’

dog. He was left with lac­er­a­tions and punc­ture marks. He had to spend two days in hos­pi­tal. Just by look­ing at him you can see sum­mary jus­tice has al­ready been dis­pensed with.”

Mag­is­trates at Macclesfield sen­tenced Tim­per­ley to pri­son for four weeks for each of­fence but re­duced the term to 18 be­cause of his early guilty plea. He was also or­dered to pay com­pen­sa­tion of £676.22.

Chair of the bench Felic­ity White­lock said: “We are jail­ing you be­cause of the num­ber of of­fences you com­mit­ted in such a short time and your pre­vi­ous of­fences.”

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